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As a church plant, we are in the middle of the exciting process of developing our church leadership structure. In this process, we want to follow the biblical model of elders and deacons. Until we get to that point of appointing elders and deacons, there is an advisory committee with people from the church who are assisting the pastors in this process. Apart from the pastors, the advisory committee consists of Danielle Germaine, Erika Springer, Felix Wagner, Rüdiger van Leeuwen und Ruth-Christin Ahner.

Christoph Funk
Lead Pastor


Christoph (born in 1977) is married to Kristina. They have lived in Potsdam with their five children since 2009. Christoph studied Theology and is the lead pastor of erlebt. Christoph came to faith in Jesus Christ at a young age. Since then, he has gone through all the highs and lows of life with God and continues to grapple with the meaning of grace. He enjoys spending time with his family, enjoys reading, playing piano or guitar, and listening to good music.

Tobias Togno


Tobias (born 1989) is married to Emanuela and the two live in Potsdam since January 2018. Even as a child he has experienced Jesus again and again (ask him about the story with the tree). After studying theology he spent two years leading the youth group in a church in the north of Berlin.Tobias likes to read and makes a lot of music. Together with his wife, he loves to invite guests. He also likes chocolate, sunshine, a good football game and the Seattle Seahawks.

Ruth-Christin Ahner
Children and Youth Group Leader


Tine (born in 1992) moved to Potsdam in September 2015 to complete her master’s degree in elementary education. Children and teens have a special place in her heart. Jesus is her best friend and she loves to continually be in conversation with Him and to give the challenges of her day to Him. It‘s then that she experiences the most how valuable it is to trust Him. Tine loves to laugh from the heart, cook for lots of people, ski in winter, hike in summer, and jump into the lake most evenings.


Our History

In early 2009, the Funk Family moved to Potsdam with the dream of planting a church that could share the Gospel with Potsdamers in a modern and creative way. A church that would welcome all people, regardless of one’s background, with the love of God.

In the first couple years, a small team became socially engaged in the Drewitz neighborhood, in the context of “The Ark” organization. By the end of 2014, the founding team had increased. As a new team, we developed our focus for the next phase of the church plant. At the end of 2014 we were able to purchase a new space as a meeting point on Friedrich-Engels Str. 17. Since the beginning of 2015, we have held regular worship services and also meet throughout the week in small groups. The work that began in Potsdam-Drewitz continues today. Individuals from the church volunteer at the Ark and we continue to initiate projects that offer social support to the neighborhood of Drewitz.

Our Networks

There are many projects like erlebt in Germany, Europe, and throughout the world. It is important for us to be connected with other church-planting projects, and we are active in the following networks:

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