Øivind defines the mission of his life by two terms: “side by side” and “multiplication”. “Side by side” means serving to and with both men and women of all generations; both denominations and organisations; both nations and the entire continent. It also implies ministry to church, society and business. “Multiplication” points to multiplying of the Gospel, disciples, leaders, churches, and systems that will go far beyond their first cause.
Øivind is married to Linda and they have four adult children - two sons and two daughters. As their family grew, they planted two churches and Øivind started a Bible school and three small businesses (Persolog.no; xpand.no and simplylearn.net). He has been ordained as pastor by Evangelical Free Lutheran Church in Norway and has pastored Hånes Church from 1997-2001 and then again from 2018. Øivind has led the national movement for church planting in Norway (Sendt Norway) which initiated both M4 processes and NC2P church planting movement in Europe. In 2018, together with Jürgen Eisen, he launched Exponential Europe.
Øivind has received his formal theological education at Ansgar University College and Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. He is also a licenced master trainer in “Persolog” personality profile and has been trained in personal development, leadership, team- and organisational leadership. As a family they did Family DTS (2000) and Family Ministry School (2008) and have trained couples for more than 20 years.
Currently Øivind provides leadership to both M4 Europe and Exponential Europe, continues to serve in Hånes Church and, together with his wife Linda, leads a disciple house of seven young people in Kristiansand, Norway.