Elof Westergaard

Elof Westergaard (born 31 March 1962 in Lemvig) is a Danish theologian who since 2014 has been a Bishop of Ribe.

The Right Reverend

Elof Westergaard
Bishop of Ribe
ChurchChurch of Denmark
PredecessorElisabeth Dons Christensen
Consecration1 June 2014
Personal details
Born (1962-03-31) March 31, 1962
Lemvig, Denmark
SpouseKirsten Margrethe Andersen
Alma materAarhus University


After graduating in theology from Aarhus University in 1991, he was ordained as a priest in Ribe Cathedral . He served as the vicar of Husby and Sønder Nissum parishes in the Diocese of Ribe during the period 1991-2005. From 2005 to 2014 he was pastor of Mariehøj Sogn and 2009-2014 also Dean of Silkeborg deanery.[1]


When Elisabeth Dons Christensen retired as Bishop of Ribe in 2014, Elof Westergaard announced his candidacy for the post. At the beginning of April 2014, he was elected as the new bishop of Ribe against three other candidates in 1st grade. He collected 64.35% of the votes. On June 1 that year he was consecrated and installed as bishop in Ribe Cathedral.[2]


  • Opstandelsens billeder (2005)
  • Sten over Muld (2009)
  • Det blændende lys (2012)


  1. Vincents, C. "Kirkegårdens protektor", Kristeligt Dagblad, Copenhagen, 31 March 2012. Retrieved on 06 August 2017.
  2. Gottfred Jensen A. K. "Første bispekandidat er klar i Ribe Stift", Kristeligt Dagblad, Copenhagen, 5 October 2012. Retrieved on 06 August 2017.
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