Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary
Bishop Tamás Fabiny was born on 5 February 1959. He pursued his university studies in Budapest and Chicago and earned his PhD degree in Erlangen with Prof. Jürgen Roloff on Dramaturgy and Communication in Jesus’ Parables. He has been a university professor of New Testament at the Lutheran Theological University in Budapest since 2005 and has participated in a number of conferences and academic events in Hungary and abroad. He has published seven books so far. Between 1996 and 2006 he worked as the editor and director of church programmes with the Hungarian channel, Duna Television. He was elected bishop of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary in 2005. In addition to his service in the diocese, he oversees media work, diakonia and international and ecumenical relations on the level of the whole church. He is still actively involved in media work and regularly appears in television and radio programs as a moderator or a guest. He has been the producer of the Luther animation series released in Hungary for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 2017 he was elected presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. His international responsibilities included serving as the Vice President for Central and Eastern Europe of the Lutheran World Federation (2010-2017). He has been the acting chair person of the Christian–Jewish Society (since 2006). Bishop Tamás Fabiny is married to his wife Katalin in 1991, who is a high school teacher of German, English and Religion, and they have three children.