First female Church president appointed

Esther Kompare is the new president of the New Apostolic Church Slovenia. This is the first time that a woman has taken on this responsibility in this country.

“Over the last few years, retired Bishop Jürgen Müller served as Church president in Slovenia. He also saw to the pastoral care of the New Apostolic Christians in the country until his retirement. On 1 September 2020 Sister Esther Kompare took over the position of Church president,” it says on the website of the District Apostle Area Switzerland.

Responsibility for the pastoral care of the members in Slovenia will rest with District Apostle Jürg Zbinden, Apostle Philipp Burren, and Bishop Peter Jeram, who wished our Sister God’s blessing and much joy as she took over the official duties.

Esther Kompare is originally from Switzerland and lives in Slovenia with her husband. In recent years, she has taken on various administrative tasks in the Church, and has now taken over the official duties together with her deputy, Shepherd Korosec. As Church president, Esther Kompare represents the New Apostolic Church in Slovenia in all official matters at state level.

In many countries, the president of a District Church is at the same time a leading minister, such as District Apostle, Apostle, or Bishop. This is not obligatory, however.

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Correction (02.10.2020, 08.30): Contrary to a previous version of this article, Esther Kompare is not the first church president in Europe, but in Slovenia.