Meet the Bishop
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 and one grandchild Karl.
Elisabeth is a member of the management team at Orestadsskolen - a new school with a virtual esthetic profile.
I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1984, of which 20 years were in Copenhagen. Apart from being a bishop, which I enjoy immensely, I enjoy playing guitar, singing gospel music, listening to music, reading, working out and fishing.
I was elected to the episcopacy in February 2009 and assumed office 1st May 2009. I serve the seven conferences in the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal area of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference.
I serve as the chair of the Connectional Table, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Baltic Theological Seminary and co-chair of the European Methodist Council. I am a member of the executive committee of the Council of Bishops, the World Methodist Council, and the board of Funds for Mission in Europe.
I served on the board of directors of the General Board of Church and Society (2012-2020). United Methodist Publishing House (2009-2012) and on the Study Committee on The World Wide Nature of the Church (2009-2012).
Diploma in Strategic Leadership, UCC University College Copenhagen 2016. Certified Leader of Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) 2007. Doctor of Ministry, Asbury Theological Seminary, KY, USA 1999-2002. Beeson Pastor, Asbury Theological Seminary, KY, USA 1999-2000. Ordained Elder 1986. Advance study for ordained ministry 1984-86. Ordained Deacon 1984. Diploma from Överås, the UMC Theological Seminary in Gothenburg, Sweden 1984. Graduated from the Horsens Gymnasium 1980.
Appointments in the United Methodist Church:
Jerusalemskirken, Copenhagen 1989-2009, District Superintendent 2001-2007, The International Methodist Church, Copenhagen 2004- (supervising elder), Svendborg (2002-2004); Esbjerg-Varde 1984-1989,
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:
The General Board of Discipleship – Board of Directors 1996-2004, Delegate to Central Conference UMC 1992-1996, 1996-2000, 2005-2008, Delegate to General Conference UMC 1996-2000, Central Conference Board of Evangelism 1996-2000, The Annual Conference of the British Methodist Church 1993, Chair Nordic Methodist Youth Council (MNUR) 1989-1993, Nordic Methodist Youth Council (MNUR) 1987-1989,
Co-chair ecumenical dialogue between the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark 2011- , Co-chair ecumenical dialogue between the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norway 2009- , Co-chair ecumenical dialogue between the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland 2010- , The Danish Council of Churches 2011- , The Norway Council of Churches 2009- , The Dansk Willow Creek Committee 2003-2006, Evangelical Alliance 2004-2006, The Lausanne Committee 2002-2004, Danish Church Days 1989-1992, Danish Bible Society 1994-1998 and numerous local ecumenical committees since 1984, Chair of Copenhagen Gospel Festival Committee 1992-1999, 2004-2009.
Committees outside the Church:
Advisory Board of CoachPartners (2006-2008), Sølvgade School Board (2000-2004), Vuggestuen ved Jerusalemskirken, chair of the board (1992-1998),
Nordic Perspectives on Methodism 1 'What is Methodist Identity Today' (2015). Do Not Be Afraid (2015) “Moving into new Territory”, Religionsfriheden er truet i Danmark, feature in The Christian Daily, may 2008. 4 Uger med Fokus på Vejen (with Ole Birch) Jerusalemskirken 2008, Det er kristendom (with Ole Birch) Jerusalemskirken 2007. 4 Uger med Fokus på Dit Liv (with Ole Birch) Jerusalemskirken 2007, Dagslys, Boedal 2006 (contributes with 18 devotions), Salmer & Sange hymnal for Metodistkirken i Danmark, Kurerforlaget 2006 (editor Christian Alsted), Worship Change to Reach Non-Christians in Traditional Danish Evangelical Free Church, Dissertation, Asbury Theological Seminary 2002., I medgang og modgang - om parforhold og seksualitet (with Lars Ulrik Jensen), Med Liv og Sjæl – Gudstjeneste for alle aldre (with others) MNUR 1993.