Peter Strauch grew up in Wuppertal, served from 1966 to 1973 as parochial pastor in Hamburg-Sasel and lived from 1973-2001 with his family in Witten. From 1973 to 2008 he served in the multi-parochial service, most recently for 17 years as the president of the confederation of Free Protestant Churches and from 2000 to 2006 as the first chairman of the German Evangelical Alliance.

Peter Strauch is a renowned book author (“Discoveries in Loneliness” 2015: Autobiography “My time is in your hands”) and wrote numerous songs, of which some were published in the Protestant hymnal boom and in the new Catholic hymnbook. He was honoured by Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois, USA) in 2007 with an honorary doctorate “Doctor of Divinity”. He has retired since 2008 and lives with his wife Edelgard in Wetter/Ruhr.