Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen
Photo: Sør-Hålogaland bispedømme
I started to study theology with the purpose of going out as a missionary. After six years of formal theological training, I was ordained minister in the Church of Norway and sent out by the Norwegian Missionary Society (NMS) to Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church in Japan.
Before my wife, Anne, and I left for Japan we spent the spring-term of 1974 at the Selly Oak Colleges and Queen’s College in Birmingham. This connection with Great Britain has since been of great importance to our family, not least because our eldest son was born here.
After 15 years, spent mostly in Japan, we eventually returned to Norway for good in 1989, where I soon became the Secretary General of NMS, the oldest missionary society in Norway, sending out the first missionaries to South- Africa in 1844. Two of my great grandfathers were among those who later followed in their footsteps, and my mother was actually born in Zululand. So I have mission in my genes!
After ten intensive years visiting churches with NMS-affiliation in South-Africa and Japan, Madagascar, Cameroun, Mali and Ethiopia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Pakistan and, more recently, Brazil and France and certain countries in the Middle East, I was appointed Dean of the Cathedral in Bodø, a regional centre just north of the Arctic Circle, in the diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. We moved to Bodø in January 2000.
Six years later, I was elected and appointed by the Norwegian government, to be the Bishop in the same diocese, consecrated in January 2007 with bishops from the Porvoo Communion participating. Sør-Hålogaland is identical with the county called Nordland, if you look at a map. The population is approximately 250,000, with over 80% signed-up members in the Church of Norway.
In the Church of Norway my period ended by the end of 2015. We moved to my wife’s home-area just north of Oslo, close to Oslo International Airport, where we will still be living while I have to make many trips to Great Britain as I keep up with the responsibilities of being the Bishop.
During my years in a varied service for Jesus in a Lutheran context, one theological phrase has become very important to me, and that is Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone! Receiving God’s grace in Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith and of our hope! That gives me also courage to take on the challenge of being the Bishop of the LCiGB and all its many congregations. So help me God!
Bishops of the LCiGB
- 2000 – 2009 Walter Jagucki
- 2009 – 2013 Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga
- 2013 – 2014 Walter Jagucki
- 2014 – 2019 Martin Lind
- 2019 – … Tor Berger Jørgensen