Danmission announces new Secretary-General

Danmission announces new Secretary-General

Danmission has announced that Dr. Jorgen Skov Sorensen will take over the position of Danmission's Secretary-General from 1 March 2016. He replaces Rev. Mogens Kjær, who will retire after 14 years as head of the organisation.

Jorgen Skov Sorensen, 51, is a trained theologian, educated in both Denmark and in the UK, with nine years of executive experience at the Council on International Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, a position that has given him extensive ecumenical knowledge.

Jorgen Skov Sorensen speaks five languages, has visited 46 countries and maintains a close and committed relationship with both Danish and foreign church life. He has followed Danmission’s work for more than 20 years.

His first job as a newly graduated theologian in 1994 was as mission secretary at Danmission’s offices in Denmark. Back then he was part of the management team with responsibility for international partnerships. From 2005 to 2014, he was a Danmission Board member.

“To me, mission means presenting people to the Christian Gospel of forgiveness and reconciliation in a variety of ways. But mission is also – as Jesus has taught – to proclaim freedom for the poor and to set the oppressed free. Therefore mission is also Danmission working on civil rights and poverty reduction around the world,” says Jorgen Skov Sorensen.

“I therefore look forward to exploring and developing the close and valuable partnerships Danmission maintains with churches and organisations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” he continues.

The chair of Danmission’s Board of Directors, Bishop Peter Fischer-Moller, describes Jorgen Skov Sorensen as an individual with a good sense of organisational strategy, a friendly nature and a good communicator.

“Jorgen Skov Sorensen knows the Danish Lutheran Church, with all its qualities and challenges, very well. At the same time, he feels at home in the various corners of ecumenical church work, both nationally and abroad. He has a good eye for Danmission’s situation and development,” says Peter Fischer-Moller.