Curriculum Vitae - Mitri Raheb

(with special emphasis on scientific achievements)


Founder and President at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture
2011 - 2016

President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & The Holy Land

2006 Founder & President of Diyar Consortium
2006 Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College
1995-2006 Founder and General Director of the International Center of Bethlehem
1987-2017 Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church, Bethlehem


2006 Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture
2007 Founder of Diyar Publisher
2008 Professor in Contextual Theology at Dar al-Kalima University College, department of Tourism Studies
2008-2009 Lecturer of Church History at Bethlehem University, department for Religious Studies
2003 Visiting Lecturer of Mission History and Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary
1992-1996 Managing Editor of Al’Liqa’ Journal for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land
1988-1993 Lecturer of Church History at Bethlehem Bible College

In the last 25 years, I was invitated to give lectures at many different universities, colleges and Seminaries, including:

Yale Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Boston University School of Theology, Hartford Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Luther Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Concordia College in Moorhead, Augsburg College in Minneapolis, St. Olaf College, The University of Oldenburg, Humboldt University in Berlin, University of Edinburgh, University of Bern, Yonsei University/ Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, American University in Beirut, Haigazian University in Beirut, University of Jordan in Amman, Dormtion Abbey in Jerusalem, Studium in Israel, and the Ecumenical Institute at Tantur.

I Spoke and lectured at: The American Academy of Religion, Society for Biblical Studies, National Prayer Breakfast, Noble Peace Prize Forum, Deutscher-Evangelischer Kirchentag, Katholiken Tag, Danish Kirchentag, Greenbelt Festival, Uppsala Festival of Theology, the Carter Center, National Press Club, DC., and at diverse local, national, regional as well as international gatherings in many countries including: China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Sweden, England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Cyprus, Scotland, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Finland, France, Greece, USA, Jordan, and Israel. Annually, Dr. Raheb receives over 500 delegations and groups from different continents and countries.


2017 Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South
2016 Advisory Board Member of CME “Christians in the Middle East Research Network
2013-2016 “From the Nile to the Euphrates: The Call of Faith and Citizenship”
2011-2017 History of Global Christianity in the 19th-20th Century: A Research Project by an international group of Church Historians aiming at publishing two volumes coming out in 2015 in Kohlhammer/Palgrave.
2010  Social History of Palestine: A research project to document the oral social history of Palestinians in general and Palestinian Christians in particular. The Project resulted in 6 publications in Arabic so far (see bibliography).
2010-2012 Bible and Colonialism: A research group at the American Academy of Religion resulting in a book coming out in 2014 in Palgrave/Macmillan.
2009-2012 Conversion - Crossing Religious Borders: Studies on Conversion and Religious Adherence. A Research Project of the University of Bern with a team of international Researchers that resulted in a Publication (see bibliography).
2009-2012 Mapping the Palestinian Christian Community: A research project that resulted in three publications (see bibliography).
2009-2012 Christian Zionism in Comparative Perspectives: A Research Group at the American Academy of Religion resulting in a book to come out in 2014 in Augsburg Fortress Press.
2008-2012 Reemerging Liberation Theologies: A Research Group at the American Academy of Religion (see bibliography).
2007  Religion and State: A regional interdisciplinary research project based on regional consultations which resulted in several publications so far (see bibliography).
2005  Land, Peoples and Identities: A Research Project based on International Conferences that were arranged in Bethlehem resulting in 4 publications in English so far (see bibliography).
2003-2005 Christianity and Religious Plurality in Historical and Global Perspective: A Research Project of Calvin College and Fuller Theological Seminary.
1999-2007 Luther in Arabic: A Project that resulted in translating three books of Luther into Arabic. See
1997-2003 Christian Education in Muslim Society: A Research Project of Hartford Seminary and the University of Edinburgh.


I serve(d) on several Academic committees, including:

2016 Advisory Board Member to the “Christians of the Middle East Research Network”
2013 Initiator of The Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World
2010 Member of ICCO Regional Council
2010-2012 Bible and Colonialism Group at the American Academy of Religion
2009-2012 Christian Zionism in Comparative Perspectives Group at the American Academy of Religion
2008-2012 Liberation Theologies Group at the American Academy of Religion
2007 Kairos Palestine Co-Author and member of the steering Committee
2006 Board of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut
1999-2005 Arab Working Group on Christian-Muslim Dialogue of the Middle East Council of Churches
1999-2005 Faith and Unity Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches
1998-2003 Working Group on Islam Committee of the LWF, Program on Church and People of other Faiths
1998 Theological Committee of the Fellowship of the Evangelical Churches in the Middle East
1997 Corresponding Editor at Panorama International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Values
1995 Regional Committee/Katholischer Akademischer Austausch Dienst
1992-1996 Al’Liqa’ Committee for the Journal on Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land
1988-2000 Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue Committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan


2012       Sabbatical at Yale Divinity School

1995       Post Doctoral Research at Hartford Seminary, Overseas Ministries Study Center:

Research Enablement Program. “Contextualizing the Scripture: Towards a New Understanding of the Qur’an. An Arab-Christian Perspective.

1984 – 1988         Dept for Protestant Theology, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Doctor of Theology, Dissertation title: “The Heritage of Reformation among the Palestinians. The History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan.”

1980-1984            Hermannsburg Mission Seminary

Protestant Theology

1968-1979            The Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem  


2016       Olaf Palme Prize for “his innovative artistic education in film, art, and drama, Raheb has made it possible for young people to investigate their Palestinian identity, to nurture beauty, and to invest in a culture of life as tools for a creative resistance against suffocating confinement and towards nation building.” 


Deutscher Medienpreis (German Media Award)
“for the tireless work in creating room for hope for people living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

2012 The Bethlehem Governor Award
“for serving the Bethlehem Community and Governorate.”
2011 The Lux Mundo award by the Board of Regents of Concordia University Wisconsin
“for the admirable Community and Humanitarian Service.”
2011 The LEA Esther Award
“for the contribution to Lutheran Education.”
2007 Aachener Friedenspreis (The Peace Award of Aachen)

International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award Of the Central Islam Archive in Germany
“for the interfaith work between Muslims, Jews and Christen.”

2003 Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University in River Forest
“for the outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication.”
2003 The Wittenberg Award from the Luther Center
“for distinguished service to church and society.”
2003 HCEF Award
“in recognition for leadership by word and deed honoring the mother church in Jerusalem and working tirelessly to bring Justice for the Palestinian People.”
1979 Scholarship from the German Section of the LWF


Dar al-Kalima University College
Bright stars of Bethlehem
Foerderverein Dar al-Kalima
Betlehems Venner

The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair.

He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more,


President at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture