I'm not sure if I should address them individually or as a pair

Sehr geehrter Herr und Frau Schmidt or Sehr geehrte Pfarrer Schmidt


The most common way to do this is

Sehr geehrte Frau Schmidt,
sehr geehrter Herr Schmidt,

If you don't want to specifically adress them in their capacity as pastors, I would leave the "Pfarrer" out.

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  • In the past it was common to use "Hochwürden" when adressing a pastor, but today this is obsolete, much like using "Fräulein" when addressing an unmarried woman. – RHa Aug 24 '18 at 18:06
  • I had capitalized the second sehr also. Looks much better. – Janka Aug 24 '18 at 18:19
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    I agree that it looks better but it seems to be very uncommon to capitalize the second "sehr". – fragezeichen Aug 24 '18 at 18:39
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    Sometimes one has to be brave … – Janka Aug 24 '18 at 19:24
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    It's not very uncommon to capitalize the second "sehr", it's simply wrong. Nevertheless your answer is todays standard of adressing two people. One may only choose to write it in 1 or 2 lines. – mtwde Aug 24 '18 at 21:37

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