Our Chaplain

We are delighted to welcome our new senior priest, Dr Brian Russell. He was licensed by Bishop David Hamid at St Edmund's on January 25 2014.

Here are some words from Brian: 

I am delighted to accept The Bishop's appointment as Senior Chaplain for Norway and St Edmund’s Oslo.

Following visits to St Edmund’s over the last three Summers and the formal interview, I feel a strong sense of calling to this post, backed up by the encouragement and enthusiasm shown by all I have met in Norway. We look forward very much to the licensing service on 25 January.

My active knowledge and understanding of Nordic and Baltic Churches and societies goes back over the last 25 years, involving contacts with the Lutheran Churches, adult theological education, the training of clergy and research on the Church in these societies.  This is a basis upon which I can build in the future. I believe there is a very positive future for our congregations in which we can continue to offer something unique and distinctive in Norway in the coming years. 

I feel privileged to be able to contribute to that. Pam and I have some knowledge of the congregations in Bergen and St Olaf Balestrand, from my locum visit in 2012 and holiday visits in previous years, and we also made a brief visit to Trondheim in 2010 and met Mary.  Stavanger will be new to us.  I am keen to learn more about the situation of each of our congregations in Norway.

Both our adult children (Chris and Sarah) have visited Norway in recent years.  Our young grand-daughters (Bethany and Emily) have told us that they are looking forward to coming to visit Norway as soon as possible!



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