The Deanery Bergstraße
Turning to the early decades of the 20th century (1937) there was only one deanery in the Bergstrasse region, the "Dekanat Zwingenberg" which was under Dean Clotz in Gronau. It included the following parishes: Affolterbach, Alsbach, Auerbach, Beedenkirchen, Bensheim, Bickenbach, Birkenau, Fuerth, Gadernheim, Gronau, Groß-Rohrheim, Hähnlein, Hammelbach, Heppenheim, Hofheim im Ried, Jugenheim adB, Lampertheim / Rh., Lindenfels i.Odw., Nordheim im Ried, Ober-Beerbach, Reichenbach, Rimbach, Schlierbach, Schwanheim, Seeheim, Viernheim, Wald-Michelbach, Wimpfen, Zotzenbach and Zwingenberg. In the beginning of the 1950s, the church administration was reorganised to increase the church communities. Then the departments of Darmstadt-Stadt, Darmstadt-Land, Dreieich-Kreis Offenbach, Erbach, Goddelau and Gross-Gerau-Ginsheim were replaced in the Starkenburg district, Gross-Umstadt, Offenbach, Reinheim, Rimbach and Zwingenberg.
The one deanery Bergstrasse
In the millennium year 2000, the Dekanat Rimbach was renamed as "Dekanat Bergstrasse Sued" and the Dean's Office Zwingenberg as "Dekanat Bergstrasse Mitte". In 2006 after the unification of the two deaneries, the common and connecting name is: "Evangelisches Dekanat Bergstrasse". The Evangelische Dekanat Bergstrasse comprises of the two former deanery of Zwingenberg in the north-west and Rimbach in the south-east and extends between Seeheim in the north, Viernheim in the south, Einhausen in the west and Wald-Michelbach in the south-east.
Evangelisches Dekanat Bergstraße
Haus der Kirche