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The foundation


Citizens of Gerlingen started the Johannes Rebmann Foundation with the intention to buy and renovate the house where the Gerlinger missionary Johannes Rebmann was born and to renovate it. The formation of Johannes Rebmann Stiftung as a Foundation under civil law was on July 12, 2002.

Founder members eg.:

Town of Gerlingen/Germany
Parish Ev. Kirchengemeinde Petrus und Lukas Gerlingen,
Representatives of  Rebmann family.
These founder members are today members of the foundation board of management.


Foundation's authorities:

Chairmen of the foundation:

  • Stefan Altenberger
  • Dr. Markus Roesler
  • Dr. Hella Steineck-Kinder

incumbent for 3 years.

Members of the foundation board:


Mayor Dirk Oestringer


City of Gerlingen:

  • Mayor Dirk Oestringer
  • Horst Arzt
  • Ulrich Knoblauch
  • Thomas Mosebach
  • Ulrike Stegmaier
  • Judith Stuermer

Protestant church Peter and Luke:

  • N.N.
  • Michael Buehler
  • Annerose Handel
  • Werner Lachenmayer
  • Hans-Joachim Scharna
  • Susanne Stahl

Friends of the foundation:

  • Irmgard Schopf
  • Brigitte Meier

Local heritage society:

  • Brigitte Fink
  • Dr. Birgit Knolmayer

Rebmann family:

  • Christian Haag

Other members:

  • Uta Grob

Our mission:

For rescuing and refurbishing Rebmann House in the year 2003 the Johannes Rebmann Foundation reveived some prizes:

  • An award for exemplary private initiative in the field of preservation of historic buildings and monuments from Denkmalstiftung Baden-Württemberg and
  • the Award "Heimatpflege/Denkmalschutz" from the Forum Region Stuttgart.

To remember the worldwide activities of male and female missionaries from Gerlingen, in the Rebmann House a Missionarsstube (Missionary's room) has been arranged. It is a place of rememberance and of getting together. The meetings in this room pertain to be the basic tasks of the Foundation, i.e.

  1. Supporting cultural relations to the countries in which Gerlingen's missionaries were active.
  2. Building and supporting international connections and relationship for mutual understanding, through the granting of scholarships, exchange of knowledge and infomration.

For example, the Johannes Rebmann Foundation supports the Johannes Rebmann Memorial Library in Kalali, Tanzania, near Kilimanjaro. The library has electricity and good books, so that school children who can't read and learn at home have the opportunity to read relevant study material there.

Would you like to help?

The Johannes Rebmann Foundation needs your support, so that it can perform this variety of tasks. Help us to help others. Your donation is tax-deductible. Please, deposit an amount into one of our bank accounts, which you will find above. Then we will send you a receipt, which confirms a donation to charity, for the revenue office.

Thanks a lot for your initiative and your support.