Born in 1485, Johannes Bugenhagen is known for his role as Martin Luther’s pastor and confessor. Bugenhagen first encountered Luther’s writings to refute them. Instead, Luther’s words convinced Bugenhagen. He was the first priest in Wittenberg to get married. In 1523 he became the pastor of St. Mary’s and developed a close relationship with Luther.
He also performed the marriage of Luther and Katie in 1525 and preached at Luther’s funeral in 1546. Luther’s inner circle consisted of Justus Jonas, Philipp Melanchthon, and Bugenhagen He translated Luther’s Bible into Low German to make it even more accessible. He had a pastor’s heart, was practical, and made the difficult become easy.