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

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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.

  • In the past it was common to use "Hochwürden" when adressing a pastor, but today this is obsolete, much like using "Fräulein" when addressing an unmarried woman.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, 2018 at 18:06
  • I had capitalized the second sehr also. Looks much better.
    – Janka
    Aug 24, 2018 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". Aug 24, 2018 at 18:39
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    Sometimes one has to be brave …
    – Janka
    Aug 24, 2018 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, 2018 at 21:37

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