Heinz-Werner Kubitza was born in 1961 in Hermeskeil near Trier. After graduating from high school, he transferred to the upper school of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier, where he graduated in 1981. He then studied Protestant theology and philosophy in Frankfurt, Tübingen, Bonn, and Marburg in order to become a pastor. As a high school student Kubitza was already active in church youth work (CVJM) as a group leader, later in the Marburg Evangelische Studentengemeinde (ESG - Protestant Student Congregation) as a delegate and student of trust. He wrote his dissertation, which was accepted by the University of Marburg in 1991, on a church history topic.