Director of RZIM Germany, Austria and Switzerland
The Revd Dr Christian Hofreiter is RZIM Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). A native of Austria, he has studied, lived and worked in Innsbruck, Brussels, London, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Oxford, and is now based in Vienna, Austria.
From 2008-2012, Christian served with the Oxford Pastorate as a chaplain to the graduate student body at Oxford University, working closely with senior academics, leaders of various churches and a broad variety of students. An ordained Anglican minister, he was also a member of the leadership team at St Aldates church, Oxford.
In addition, Christian studied theology at Oxford University, earning three degrees (MA, MSt, DPhil), winning several prizes and scholarships, and gaining the top first class award in 2008. His doctoral research focused on the Christian interpretation of “genocide texts” in the Old Testament.
Before arriving in Oxford, Christian worked in a government relations firm in Washington, DC, representing the interests of foreign governments and other clients to the United States Congress and Administration, and also served as deacon at the Church of the Resurrection on Capitol Hill.
Prior to that, Christian worked in Austria as a freelance interpreter and as a lecturer in translation at the University of Innsbruck, where he had previously completed Master’s degrees in translation and interpreting. He also studied intercultural communication at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and wrote his translation Master’s thesis under the supervision of biblical translation theorist Eugene A. Nida.
Christian is married to Helen, who is from England, and they have two small children, Hannah and Samuel. Christian loves the mountains, especially those of his native Tyrol, and he and Helen share a passion to contribute to the re-evangelisation of Europe.