Rev. Dr Walter Altmann
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Moderator of the WCC Central Committee 

Rev. Dr Walter Altmann has been the president of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB) since 2002, having previously served as its first vice president, from 1998, and second vice president, from 1990-1994. He was the president of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) from 1995-2001, and has been a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) since 2003.

From 1989-1994, he directed the Ecumenical Institute for Postgraduate Studies in São Leopoldo. He spent 1987-1988 as a visiting professor at the Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota, USA. From 1981-1987, he headed the Theological College in São Leopoldo, where he had been teaching systematic theology since 1974. From 1972-1974, Altmann was a parish pastor in southern Brazil. His theological work is focused on Martin Luther, Latin American liberation theology, and ecumenism.