Born on 28th September 1960 in Bremen, Germany
Marital status: married, two children
Deacon of the Archbishopric of Cologne.
Diocesan judge at the ecclesiastical court in Cologne and Mainz.
He studied Catholic theology at Philosophisch-Theologischen Hochschule St. Georgen, Frankfurt/M., at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn, and at Westfälische Wilhelms- University, Münster, including legal sciences. Degree: Dipl. theol. 1986
1997 PhD in Catholic Theology (Dr. phil.) at Osnabrück University
2000 Completion of Juris Canonici Licentiatus (JCL) (Lic. iur. can.)
2004 Habilitation in Canon Law
19th April 2005 Inaugural Lecture at Ruhr-University Bochum
Summer term 2005 - Summer term 2009: Lectureship for Canon Law - Church and State Law - Church Law History at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the universities in Bochum, Münster and at Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule SVD St. Augustin
Winter term 2008/2009 - Winter term2009/2010: Lecturer for Canon Law and member of the professorial council and professorsâ conference of PTH SVD St. Augustin
Winter term 2009/2010 - 4th January 2010: Stand-in professor at the Chair of Canon Law - Church and State Law- Church Law History at the Catholic-Theological Faculty of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Since 5th January 2010: Professor at the Chair of Canon Law - Constitutional Church Law - Church Law History at the Catholic-Theological Faculty of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Summer term 2010 - Winter term 2015/2016: Guest professor at PTH SVD St. Augustin
Since 2012: Guest professor at KU Leuven (Canon Law Faculty)
Since 2016: Lecturer for Canon Law at the archiepiscopal deacon institute in Cologne