In 1856, the Danish-American pastor Christian Willerup founded the first Methodist church in Fredrikstad. He was sent from America where the Norwegian sailor Ole Peter Petersen had established a Norwegian- Danish Methodist church a few years earlier, and now it was time for some of the immigrants to go back home and tell their fellow citizens about their new experiences of faith.
After only some twenty years, the movement had grown to an actual annual conference with almost 3000 members. Despite quite a few crisis, the church grew steadily and today it numbers about 5000 professing members and about 7000 baptized members.
The Norwegian Methodism is distinguished by a strong commitment for social work through the foundation Bethanian and support mission in Sierre Leone, Zimbabwe, Liberia and Lithuania
Metodistkirken i Norge
Address: Postboks 2744 St. Hanshaugen, NO-0131 Oslo, Norway
Office address: Akersbakken 37 A, Oslo
Phone: +47 23 33 27 00
Telefax: +47 23 33 27 01
Web site: www.metodistkirken.no
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Phone: + 47 996 38 969
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Phone: + 47 99 73 21 19