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FDE Blog Post: Ecclesiopreneurship

Cris Zimmermann


Cris Zimmermann is a social entrepreneur, investor, pastor and lawyer. He was born in 1981 in Frankfurt, holds a B.A. and M.A. in Law from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) as well as a M.A. Theology from Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa Idaho (USA).

Cris is the founder and lead pastor of “Kirche in Aktion“ (Church in Action), a German non-profit specializing in urban ministry with more than 40 locations in the Rhein-Main-Area. Cris is also the owner and founder of various property management companies specialized in residential housing. Finally, Cris is also owner of the awake Gmbh, a social coffee shop company.

Cris has spoken in leadership conferences around the globe (Africa, Australia, Asia, USA, Europe) on the subject of social entrepreneurship, urban mission, city transformation, pastoral and church planting leadership as well as organisational development.


He has been married for 16 years to Andrea. They have three sons (13, 11 and 8 years) who they also call the “German mafia“.