Ole Skjaerbaek Madsen is a Luthern pastor and scholar serving in Denmark. He is the author of a chapter titled "Theology in Dialogue with New Age or the Neospiritual Milieu," in Theology and the Religions: A Dialogue, edited by Viggo Mortensen (Grand Rapids/Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans, 2003). Since the late 1980s he has developed a booth ministry with New Spirituality seekers, and he is a facilitator for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization's issue group on Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in the Western world.
HHHHe was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1947 and grew up in a Christian home. His father was an organist and music director in a Lutheran state church congregation in Copenhagen. He did not appreciate his childhood Lutheran worship and it was only at high school he consciously committed himself to study theology. He has a theological degree from the University of Copenhagen. As a theological student he got the chance of studying Coptic language, and his thesis was on the Coptic Eucharistic prayers. He was deeply influenced by the spiritual life of the Coptic Christians with their rich liturgy and yet many charismatic dimensions in the life of the Church. This created in him a longing for the renewal of the Danish Lutheran Church, a longing that was met as he engaged with the Charismatic Renewal.
Ole Skjerbaek will share on connecting with spiritual seekers during a plenary session, and will contribute to the Evangelism in A New Age consultation.