Christian Alsted

My name is Christian Alsted I am 54 years old married to Elisabeth Flinck since june 1984. We have three children Sara (23) studying Communications and Culture & Language encounter - Mathias (21) studying journalism and Caroline (17) at the gymnasium.

Elisabeth is a teacher Orestadsskolen - a brand new school with a virtual esthetic profile that is being built. Her main thing is creative school development, crafts (not least sewing), reading, running and gardening.

I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 25 years - 20 years were in Copenhagen. Apart from being a bishop which I enjoy immensely, I enjoy playing guitar, singing in a gospel choir (Revelation Gospel Choir), listening to music, reading, working out and playing squash.

My life (or at least some of it) before I was elected bishop in February 2009


Graduated from the Horsens Gymnasium 1980. Diploma from Överås, the UMC Theological Seminary in Gothenburg, Sweden 1984. Ordained Deacon 1984. Advance course of study for ordained ministry 1984-86. Ordained Elder 1986. Beeson Pastor, Asbury Theological Seminary, KY, USA 1999-2000. Doctor of Ministry, Asbury Theological Seminary, KY, USA 1999-2002. Certified Leader of Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) 2007. Studying for Diploma in Leadership 2007 expected to graduate in 2010.

Appointments in the United Methodist Church:

Esbjerg-Varde 1984-1989, Svendborg (2002-2004); The International Methodist Church, Copenhagen 2004- (supervising elder), District Superintendent 2001-2007, Copenhagen, Jerusalemskirken1989-

Served on Committees in the United Methodist Church

Danish Methodist Church: Board of National Youth Organization (MU) 1985-1987, Chair of National Youth Organization (MU) 1987-1993, Boardmember of  National Children and Youth Organization (MBUF) 1987-1993, National Board of Church and Society UMC 1984-1987, Chair of Methodist Historical Society 1989- , Board of Ordained Ministry 1992-1997, Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry UMC 1997-2001, The Board of Evangelism 1997-2001, Chair of National Hymnal Committee UMC 1994-2006, National Church Board UMC 2001-2007, Chair of National Church Board UMC 2008-.

General Conference and Central Conference:

Nordic Methodist Youth Council (MNUR) 1987-1989, Chair Nordic Methodist Youth Council (MNUR) 1989-1993, The Annual Conference of the British Methodist Church 1993. Central Conference Board of Evangelism 1996-2000, Delegate to General Conference UMC 1996-2000, Delegate to Central Conference UMC 1992-1996, 1996-2000, 2005-2008, The General Board of Discipleship – Board of Directors 1996-2004.

Ecumenical representation:

Chair of Copenhagen Gospel Festival Committee 1992-1999, Copenhagen Gospel Festival Committee 2004-, Danish Bible Society 1994-1998, Danish Church Days 1989-1992, The Lausanne Committee 2002-2004, Evangelical Alliance 2004-2006, The Dansk Willow Creek Committee 2003-2006. Numerous local ecumenical committees since 1984.

Committees outside the Church:

Vuggestuen ved Jerusalemskirken, chair of the board (1992-1998), Sølvgade School Board (2000-2004), Advisory Board of CoachPartners (2006- )


Med Liv og Sjæl – Gudstjeneste for alle aldre (with others)  MNUR 1993. I medgang og modgang - om parforhold og seksualitet (with Lars Ulrik Jensen), Worship Change to Reach Non-Christians in Traditional Danish Evangelical Free Church, Dissertation, Asbury Theological Seminary 2002., Salmer & Sange for Metodistkirken i Danmark, Kurerforlaget 2006 (editor Christian Alsted), Dagslys, Boedal 2006 (contributes with 18 devotions), 4 Uger med Fokus på Dit Liv (with Ole Birch)  Jerusalemskirken 2007, Det er kristendom (with Ole Birch) Jerusalemskirken 2007. 4 Uger med Fokus på Vejen (with Ole Birch) Jerusalemskirken 2008, Religionsfriheden er truet i Danmark, feature in The Christian Daily, may 2008.

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