My name is Christian Alsted I was born in 1961 and married to Elisabeth Flinck since june 1984. We have three grown-up children Sara, Mathias and Caroline.
Elisabeth is a member of the management team at Orestadsskolen - a brand new school with a virtual esthetic profile. 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 since 1984 - 20 years were in Copenhagen. Apart from being a bishop which I enjoy immensely, I enjoy playing guitar, singing black gospel music, listening to music, reading, working out and playing squash.
I was elected to the episcopacy in February 2009 and assumed office 1st May 2009. I serve the 7 conferences in the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal area of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference.
I serve as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Baltic Theological Seminary, the chair of the European Methodist Council, the World Methodist Council, and the Funds for Mission in Europe. I served on the board of directors of the United Methodist Publishing House (2009-2012) and on the Study Committee on The World Wide Nature of the Church (2009-2012). I currently serve on the board of directors of the General Board of Church and Society, the Commission on the General Conference and on the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.
In 2016 I will represent the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference at the 21st World Methodist Conference in Houston.
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.
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 (2006-2008 )
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.