Bishop of Greenland

The Bishop of Greenland is a diocesan bishop of the Church of Denmark, and the leader of the Church of Greenland, which is an episcopal church in the Lutheran tradition.

Bishop of Greenland
Sofie Petersen
First holderKristian Mørch
Established1 November 1993
DioceseDiocese of Greenland
CathedralNuuk Cathedral
Website of the Diocese


Historically (before the Reformation) the Bishop of Greenland was known as the Bishop of Garðar. After the reformation, the diocese fell into disuse. In 1984 Kristian Mørch was appointed as vice-bishop to oversee and work in Greenland as a resident bishop. It was only in 1993 that a diocese was once more established in Greenland with its name changed to the Diocese of Greenland and the bishop known as the bishop of Greenland. Kristian Mørch became the first bishop.

Current Bishop of Greenland

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Sofie Petersen.[1] She is an accomplished theologian, and during her episcopacy she has personally overseen the introduction of a new translation of the Bible in Greenlandic, as well as a Greenlandic language hymnal, and a Greenlandic edition of the (originally Danish language) prayer book of the Church of Denmark.[2]

List of Bishops of Greenland

For bishops of Greenland before and during the Reformation, see Garðar, Greenland#Diocese of Garðar.


  1. See biographical entry here Archived May 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. All these achievements are reported here Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine (text in Danish).
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