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Deanery of Strandebarm

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Church of Norway in Exile
Separated fromChurch of Norway (claimed exile)
SeparationsEvangelical Lutheran Diocese of Norway; independent "exile church" elect-congregations
Congregationsc. 10 (before split)

The Deanery of Strandebarm (Norwegian: Strandebarm Prosti), also known as the "Church of Norway in Exile", was an independent conservative Lutheran deanery in Norway established in 1991 by priests who broke ties with the state church, the Church of Norway; in 1997 they claimed the status of a diocese. It functioned as a network of priests and congregations led by Børre Knudsen, Per Kørner and Ludvig Nessa who rejected what they claimed was the liberal direction of the Church of Norway. In 2012/13 the group split into the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of Norway and independent "exile church" elect-congregations.


The Deanery of Strandebarm (named after the parish and village Strandebarm) was established on Easter Sunday 1991 by priests Børre Knudsen, Ludvig Nessa and Per Kørner.[1] They ordained Kørner, the priest in Strandebarm as dean.[2] The three led the deanery after that, with Knudsen having a particular responsibility for Northern Norway, and Nessa and Kørner for the southern parts of the country.[1] In 1997 priests Arne Thorsen and Olav Berg Lyngmo joined the deanery, and Kørner ordained Knudsen bishop of the "Church of Norway in Exile".[2][3]

The deanery considered itself as a branch within the Church of Norway that had abandoned the supervision of the Government, the Norwegian Parliament, the Church Meeting, and the Church's officially appointed bishops. It opposed several of the Church's points of view, most importantly on abortion, homosexuality, and re-marriage after a divorce without legitimate reasons. The deanery neither recognised female priests. It supported a complete division of the Church and the Government.[4] The deanery consisted of around ten congregations spread across Norway.[5]

Børre Knudsen retired as bishop due to failing health in 2008.[3] In 2012 priest Thor Henrik With was ordained as new bishop for three elect-congregations in Northern Norway, later also for a congregation in Trondheim.[6] Kørner and Nessa did not accept With as bishop as they considered his new leadership to represent a softening position on abortion, and continued to lead their own "exile church" elect-congregations in Western and Eastern Norway. The congregations led by With reconstituted themselves as the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of Norway in 2013 and became aligned with the Swedish Mission Province.[7]

Since 2014 church services administered by Ludvig Nessa has been broadcast on the Christian television channel Visjon Norge.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Abortmotstander kastet ut av kongens sikkerhetsvakter". Aftenposten. 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Børre Knudsen". Norsk biografisk leksikon.
  3. ^ a b "Børre Knudsen er død". Dagbladet. 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Hva står Den norske Kirke i eksil, Strandebarm prosti, for?". Norge IDAG. 14 September 2002. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "En prest og en plage". Dagbladet. 22 March 2004.
  6. ^ Tore Hjalmar Sævik (22 May 2013): Mister presterettighetene (in Norwegian) Dagen, retrieved 8 August 2013
  7. ^ Jan Arild Holbek (24 March 2012): Bispesplid blant opprørsprester (in Norwegian) Vårt Land, retrieved 7 August 2013
  8. ^ "Ekman kastet ut av Visjon Norge". Vårt Land. 13 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Ludvig Nessa med nye program på Visjon Norge". Visjon Norge. 3 July 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-11-18.
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