Bishop Christian Alsted
Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
Nordic-Baltic Episcopal Area
Bishop Christian Alsted was elected to the episcopacy by the Northern Europe Central Conference in 2009. He currently serves as the Resident Bishop of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area of Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church.
Christian was born in Horsens, Denmark; He graduated from Horsens Gymnasium in 1980 and from UMC Theological Seminary in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1984. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree as a Beeson Pastor from Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky in 2002.
Christian was ordained deacon in 1984 and ordained elder in 1986. He served as pastor in Esbjerg-Varde from 1984. In 1989 he was appointed to Copenhagen, Jerusalemskirken where he served in 20 years. During this time, he initiated the start of The International Methodist Church, Copenhagen and served as its pastor and later as supervising elder. Another church was planted in Solroed south of Copenhagen. In 2001 he became the District Superintendent of the Island district, where he served while he was the senior pastor in Jerusalemskirken.
Christian Alsted was a delegate to the General Conference in 1996 and to the Northern Europe Central Conference in 1993, 1997 and 2005. He served on the board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship, on the Central Conference Youth Council 1987-1993 the last 4 years as chair, on the Central Conference Board of Discipleship 1996-2000.
Christian Alsted was elected to the episcopacy in February 2009 and assumed office on May 1, 2009.
He enjoys playing the guitar, singing in a gospel choir (Revelation Gospel Choir), listening to music, reading, working out and playing squash.
On June 10, 1984 Elisabeth Flinck and Christian Alsted were married. They have three children: Sara, Mathias and Caroline. Elisabeth is a teacher working with creative school development.