Born: August 1, 1801, Hanover, Germany.
Died: September 28, 1859, Burgdorf, Germany.
Karl of the son of Lebrecht Wilhelm Gottfried Spitta, a bookkeeper and French teacher.
He was originally apprenticed to a watch maker. He disliked the occupation, though, and went to the University of Göttingen to study theology.
He was ordained in 1828, and became an assistant pastor near Hoya, Niedersachsen.
In 1830, he became assistant chaplain to the garrison and the prison at Hammeln on the Weser River. He would have become permanent chaplain, except for reports the military authorities received describing him as a Pietist and a Mystic.
As compensation, he was made pastor at Wechold, near Hoya, in 1837. He later became Lutheran superintendent at Wittingen (1847), Peine (1853), and Burgdorf (1859).