The Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Hanover
is a Protestant
church in the German
state of Lower Saxony
and the city of Bremerhaven
covering the former Province of Hanover
. It's the most important Protestant denomination in this area. The seat of the bishop is the Lower Saxon state capital Hanover
. The Marktkirche
is the church of the bishop.
It is a full member of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), and is based on the teachings brought forward by Martin Luther during the Reformation.
The state bishop of the church is Margot Käßmann (2006).
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover is a member church of the VELKD, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, and of the Lutheran World Federation.