Born: Circa 1485, Hof, Upper Franconia, Bavaria.
Died: March 21, 1541, Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland). Some suspected he was poisoned by his enemies.
A graduate of the University of Leipzig (BA 1506), Decius became a monk, and was in 1519 Probst of the cloister at Steterburg (near Wolfenbüttel).
Inclining to Martin Luther’s positions, he left Steterburg in July, 1522, and went to Brunswick (now usually known as Braunschweig), where he was appointed a master in the St. Katherine and Egidien School.
In 1523, the burgesses of Stettin invited him to work there as an evangelical preacher, along with Paulus von Rhode.
He became preacher at the Church of St. Nicholas; was probably instituted by the town council in 1256, when von Rhode was instituted at St. Jacob’s. At the visitation in 1535 he was recognized as pastor of St. Nicholas.
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