Organisational structure

Mission 21 is an international mission organisation with over 70 partner churches and partner organisations on four continents. Our headquarters is located in Basel, in the historic Mission House of the Basel Mission. In Switzerland, we are supported and sponsored by the Reformed Regional Churches of the German-speaking region of Switzerland and our three supporting associations: the Basel Mission (BM, founded in 1815), the Moravian Church, and the Evangelical Mission in the Kwango (EMIK). Our international collaboration with our partners is also mirrored in our structure: our senior governing body is the Mission Synod, in which delegates from four continents decide on the strategy and orientation of Mission 21's work once each year.


Johannes Blum-Hasler, Prof. Dr. med., President of the Board

On 10 June 2015, the Synod elected Johannes Blum (born in 1955) as the new President of the Board, of which he has been a member since 2012. Prior to this, he held the office of President of Mission 21's supporting association, the Evangelical Mission in the Kwango (EMIK). From 1987 to 1991, Johannes Blum worked at the Hôpital de Vanga in the DR Congo as a physician specialising in tropical medicine with training duties. Since 1991, he has worked for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH), where he is currently Lead Clinical Consultant and Head of the Polyclinic. He is an External Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University Basel. Johannes Blum undertakes assignments in the DR Congo and other African countries each year to train doctors and carry out research.

Karl F. Appl, Pastor, Vice President of the Board

Karl F. Appl (born in 1955) was elected as Vice President of the Board at the 2015 Synod. From 1990 until 1996, he worked on behalf of the Basel Mission as Lecturer in Church History at the Comunidad Teológica Evangélica in Santiago, Chile. In 1997, he became involved in various areas of work within the Mission House in Basel, including the advisory group for the Latin America Department. Since 2007, Karl Appl has been President of the Committee of the Basel Mission, Mission 21's largest supporting association.

Andrea R. Trümpy, Member of the Board

Andrea Trümpy (born in 1946) is a former Mayoress of Glarus. She is active within the church as VicePresident of the Cantonal Church Council of the Canton of Glarus (Church and Society Section) and as a Member of the Church Council of the City of Glarus (Music and Culture Section). Her honorary activities include her positions as a delegate to Mission 21's European Continental Conference and as a member of the Board of "Reformed Media", the communication organisation.

Dr Gerhard Bütschi-Hassler
Member of the Board

Gerhard Bütschi-Hassler (born in 1955) is an independent management consultant in the field of marketing and communication. He worked as a lecturer in communication management at home and abroad, as well as an advisor to the Tanzanian government for training courses for those responsible for communication at the presidential and ministerial levels. Gerhard Bütschi is a church councilor of the Reformed Church of Aargau and a synod member of the Evangelical Church of Switzerland.


Michal Maurer, Pastor
Member of the Board

Michal Maurer Pfenninger (born 1993) has been a pastor in the diaspora parish in Sargans, Mels, Vilters-Wangs since 2020. She studied at the universities of Zurich, Basel and Strasbourg and was involved in the YMCA for a long time. Interested in languages and people, she has travelled a lot. Michal Maurer-Pfenninger is connected to Mission 21 through an encounter trip to Cameroon and through her work as a youth ambassador.

Hans-Joachim Zobel, Pastor, Member of the Board

Hans Joachim Zobel (born in 1949) was Dean in the Schwetzingen and Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald Church Districts of the Evangelical Regional Church in Baden. He had previously worked as a pastor for the parishes of Markdorf and Pforzheim. In retirement, he has taken on commitments in his regional church including membership of the specialist committee on "Worldwide Ecumenism", and he also acts as an advisor on community matters and organisational development. He is the member of Mission 21's board with responsibility for relations with Germany.

Dr. Claudia Hoffmann, Pastor
Member of the Board

Claudia Hoffmann (born in 1977) currently holds the position of an academic assistant in the Department of Theology at the University of Basel. She is an active volunteer in the Church for Children of the Basel-West congregation. Claudia Hoffmann is an ordained minister of the Evangelical-Reformed Church, Canton of Grisons. She served as a pastor in the Zurich-Albisrieden congregation for four years. Her doctoral thesis on the history of the Gereja Kalimantan Evanglis is entitled: “Foreign Encounters; the Tiwah Funeral Rites and the Basel Mission in the perspective of Contact Theology.” As a member of its Commission on Women and Gender, Claudia Hoffmann has been associated with Mission 21 since 2012.


Frieder Vollprecht, Pastor
Member of the Board

Frieder Vollprecht, who was born in 1960, is the pastor of the Moravian Societies in Basel and Berne, and he also takes part in work at the House of Religions in Berne. Frieder Vollprecht has worked in congregations at Herrnhut, Berlin and Neuwied on the Rhine. From 1997 until 2002, he was pastor to the congregation and lecturer in church history at the Moravian Theological Seminary in Paramaribo (Suriname). He can also look back on twelve years of service in the administration of the European Continental Province of the Moravian Church. Frieder Vollprecht has links with Mission 21 that date back many years, including his membership of the board of the "Moravian Church" supporting association.


Jochen Kirsch, Pastor, Director

Jochen Kirsch has headed Mission 21 as its Director since September 2019. Before that he headed the International Relations Department of Mission 21. From 2004 until 2014 he worked in various functions in the same department: as Team Leader for Africa, Responsible Programme Officer for Cameroon, Nigeria and South Sudan, and as Thematic Coordinator for the areas of HIV and Theological Training. Most recently, Jochen Kirsch also took on responsibility for the area of Religion and Development.

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Magdalena Zimmermann, Pastor, Deputy Director, Head of the Education Exchange and Research Department

Magdalena Zimmermann has worked at Mission 21 (previously the Basel Mission) since 1997; she heads the Education Exchange and Research Department. After training and working professionally as a nursing specialist, she studied theology in Basel and Berne.

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Gaby Ullrich, Head of the Communication and Marketing Department and contact for media enquiries

Gaby Ullrich has been Head of Communications and Marketing at Mission 21 since May 2019. Gaby Ullrich originally studied business administration and marketing and has many years of management experience in the areas of marketing, communications and fundraising in the private sector (airlines, advertising, financial services) as well as with well-known Swiss NPOs. She completed a further degree in Nonprofit Management and Law at the University of Basel in 2015 and is currently studying ethics at the University of Zurich.

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Katharina Gfeller, Head of the International Relations Department

Katharina Gfeller has headed the International Relations Department since September 2019. Prior to this appointment, she was Team Leader for Asia, and therefore responsible for projects and programmes in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Katharina Gfeller studied social geography, worked for two years as a peace specialist in Indonesia and completed a MAS in Non Profit Management.

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Myriam Pellet, Head of Human Resources

Myriam Pellet has been working at Mission 21 as Head of Human Resources since November 2016. After training as a business economist, Myriam Pellet took a further qualification in personnel management; through her work in an international context, she has accumulated many years of varied professional experience in the Human Resources sector.

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Patrick Hascher, Head of Finance

Patrick Hascher has been working in the Basel Mission House since 1997. His first position was with the Cooperation of Protestant Churches and Missions in German-speaking Switzerland (CPM/KEM), and he has been Head of Finance for Mission 21 since it was founded in 2001. After training as a financial specialist, he worked in an accountancy company and went on to head a financial department in private industry.

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Dr. Barbara HeerHead of  Women and Gender Desk

Barbara Heer has been working at the Mission House since June 2021. She holds a doctorate in ethnology and has conducted research on cities in southern Africa, taught at the University of Basel and worked in intercultural and interreligious dialogue at parish level. As a member of parliament in the canton of Basel-Stadt, she is committed to gender justice.

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Women and Gender Staff Unit

 Ever since Mission 21 was founded in 2001, it has had a Women and Gender Staff Unit. Gender equity is regarded as a guiding principle for all Mission 21's development programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Staff Unit is affiliated to the Directorate Department and it collaborates closely with the International Relations Department to work towards a world free of gender-based discrimination and violence. The Staff Unit's responsibility is to guarantee that women's concerns and life situations are taken into account in the planning, design, development and implementation of our programmes. ► Women and Gender Staff Unit. ► Women and Gender Staff Unit

Specialist Commission for Women and Gender

The Specialist Commission for Women and Gender (FaKo) supports the staff unit. The commission consists of these members: Verena Blum, Renate Bühler (President), Irmgard Frank, Rev. Claudia Hoffmann, Rev. Kirsten Jäger, Rev. Dr. Elaine Neuenfeldt, Doris Nonnato, Rev. María-Inés Salazar, and Rev. Evelyne Zinsstag.


Berne Regional Office

Mission 21's Regional Office in Berne is integrated into the Ecumenism, Mission and Development Cooperation Office (OeME) of the Reformed Churches of the Cantons of Bern, Jura and Solothurn. The Berne Regional Office enables Bernese church congregations to experience the Worldwide Church. There is a special focus on education and project work with young people and young adults.

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Christof Hofer

Regional Coordinator Mission 21
Tel: +41 (0)31 340 26 04
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International co-workers

Mission 21 is represented by professional experts working on the ground in its 20 project countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In their capacity as coordinators, these international co-workers provide the link between Mission 21's programme work and its partner churches and partner organisations at local level. Specialist staff from Switzerland and Germany are also actively involved in the projects. They work as doctors, theologians, technicians or designers. These specialists take up their assignments in response to explicit requests by Mission 21's partner churches and partner organisations. Through their assignments abroad, they hone their intercultural skills and play a key part in supporting Mission 21's international network.

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