Tor Singsaas

The Right Reverend
Tor Singsaas
Bishop of Nidaros

Tor Singsaas
Personal details
Born (1948-02-01) 1 February 1948
Hølonda, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Denomination Christian
Education cand.theol. (1977)
Alma mater MF Norwegian School of Theology

Tor Singsaas (born 1 February 1948) is a Norwegian Lutheran minister and the current bishop in the Diocese of Nidaros.


Singsaas was born and baptized in Hølonda, Norway and grew up in Buvika and Melhus.[1] His father was a general store manager, and Singsaas grew up in and around these stores, which were typically where people in the local community gathered on a daily basis. He briefly considered becoming an actor, but settled on a career within theology.[2]


Singsaas earned his degree in theology at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo in 1976 (theology) and 1977 (practical theology). He was ordained as a minister in Melhus Church on 8 January 1978, with Bishop Tord Godal officiating. He has also completed coursework in pastoral duties, family counseling, church history, and other topics.[3]


Singsaas started his career in 1978 as a substitute minister in Høybråten in Oslo, but the same year he was assigned to permanent positions in the Diocese of Nidaros, where he has served since. He has held positions within the Nidaros Cathedral and most recently was the Dean of the Byåsen deanery in Trondheim from 2004-2008. In 2008, the bishop of Nidaros, Finn Wagle retired and Singsaas was one of several nominees for that seat, and was consistently favored to win the appointment. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Nidaros by the Norwegian Council of State on 27 June 2008. He was consecrated as Bishop on 14 December 2008.[3][4]


  1. Vaagland, Liv Helen (2008-06-27). "Eks-melhusprest ny biskop i Nidaros" (in Norwegian). Melhus: Trønderbladet. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  2. Myhr, Odd Ragnar (2008-06-27). "På sporet av Gud" (in Norwegian). Trondheim: Byavisa. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  3. 1 2 "Tor Singsaas curriculum vitae" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Church of Norway. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  4. Store norske leksikon. "Tor Singsaas" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-01.
Preceded by
Finn Wagle
Bishop of Nidaros
2008 - present
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