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Born 26th December 1950 in Burgdorf BE
Son of Heidy (Heidi) and Adolf Weder-Rietmann
Two sisters, one brother
Citizenship of Balgach and St. Gallen
1958 - 1970 Primary school and gymnasium of the Cantonal School St. Gallen
1970 - 1978 Studies at the University of St. Gallen
(first semesters in economy and social sciences),
at the Theological Faculty of the University of Zürich
(main studies),
and at its Philosophical I Faculty
(social psychology and applied informatics)

1978 - 1979 Vicar in Zürich-Seebach und Baar,
Ordination as evangelical-reformed Minister (VDM)
1979 Doctorate in theology (Dr. theol. of the University of Zürich) with an empirical practical-theological study on Christian Youth Work
1982-1999 School for army chaplains,
Chaplain of the Infantry Regiment 10 and
of the military school Bremgarten
Further Education

Courses in preaching, catechetics, TCI, Music, Orff, meditation, applied informatics, outdoor education and various other subjects,
Leadership- and management courses based on the St. Gallen Management Model (MZSG) und on Stephen Covey,
Study trips to North- and South-America, Asia, North-Africa and the Caribbean,
Extensive professional and private travel in Europe

1978 - 1979 Vicar in Zürich-Seebach und Baar
1979 - 1986

General Secretary YMCA St. Gallen,
from 1982 also Executive Director of the YMCA vacation centre La Punt-Chamues-ch

1987 - 1990

Parish minister in Wil SG
(Wil North with Bronschhofen and Rossrüti),
1989/90 also part-time lecturer for religion at the Cantonal School St. Gallen

1990 - 1999

Secretary General of the the European Alliance of YMCAs
(Seat in St. Gallen, since 1999 in Prague),
from 1998 also Councillor of the Evangelical-reformed Church of the Canton St. Gallen
(adult education department)

2000 - 2014 President of the Evangelical-reformed Church of the Canton St. Gallen
 2014 Retirement and withdrawal from public responsibilities
Some Special Functions
1972 - 1982 Member of the board of the Swiss YMCA,
from 1975 various representations of Switzerland on European and World level
1980 ff Theological Counselor of the World Alliance of YMCAs
1988 - 1990 Vicepresident of the European Alliance of YMCAs and President of its programme committee
1987 - 1990 Member of the St. Gallen Synode,
President of the synode commission on the revision of ministers' salaries
since 1979 Member of the Ministers Collegium St. Gallen
(1987-1990 Collegium Toggenburg)
1979 ff Counselor for youth work concepts of various parishes and the city of St. Gallen
  Membership and responsibilities in various associations and organisations
Personal Interests
Nordic walking, camping and other outdoor sports; in earlier times a lot of long-distance bicycle trips;
photography; music and music instruments; theatre.
Further Information:
Short Biography (in English)
Father: Adolf Weder-Rietmann (in German)
Sisters and Brother:
Aufzählung Heidi Schürmann-Weder, 1952
Aufzählung Beatrice Weder Assir, 1959
Aufzählung Markus Weder, 1962


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Youth and Schools in Burgdorf and St. Gallen

Studies at Universities Zürich and St. Gallen

Doctor of Theology and Ordained Minister









Secretary General YMCA St. Gallen

Parish Minister in Wil

Secretary General European Alliance of YMCAs (EAY)

President of the Evangelical-reformed Church of the Canton St. Gallen



Various special functions






Interested in bicycle trips, photography and saxophone