International Institute for Religious Freedom

Research Director: Prof. Dr. Christof Sauer

Christof SauerProf. Dr. Christof Sauer (*1963) studied theology with an emphasis on missiology in Tübingen and Erlangen. He obtained his doctorate in missiology in 2002 at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. 1992–93 theological staff of Evangelical Middle East Ministries (EMO) Wiesbaden, Germany. 1993–2000 assistant pastor, pastor and career counselor for theologians with the Evangelical Luthern Church in Württemberg. Since 2000 missionary of United German Mission Aid (VDM) in South Africa. 2000–2003 director of a missionary research center of SIM – Life Challenge Africa and guest lecturer at the Bible Institute of South Africa. Since 2003 Academic Liaison Officer and since 2009 Theological Advisor of GBFE (Network for Education and Research in Europe). In that capacity he supervises Masters and Doctoral students at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

He has been appointed Associate Professor Extraordinary at the Discipline Group Practical Theology and Missiology by Stellenbosch University in South Africa for the period 2011–2014. From time to time he is offering seminars at German universities. He is married and father of two adult children.

Since 1988 he has been researching “mission and martyrdom” and has published two academic works on the topic. He is currently working on an international research project on theologies of martyrdom and has compiled a bibliography on suffering, persecution and martyrdom.