Sven-Bernhard Fast

Sven-Bernhard Fast (born 30 May 1951 in Oskarshamn) is a Swedish prelate who served as Bishop of Visby from 2011 till 2018.

The Right Reverend

Sven-Bernhard Fast
Bishop Emeritus of Visby
ChurchChurch of Sweden
ElectedDecember 2010
In office2011-2018
PredecessorLennart Koskinen
SuccessorThomas Petersson
Consecration6 March 2011
by Anders Wejryd
Personal details
Born (1951-05-30) 30 May 1951 (age 70)
Oskarshamn, Sweden
MottoUt omnes unum sint (that they all shall become one)
Coat of arms


Fast is the son of construction worker Bernhard Fast and teacher Viveca Olsson. After high school studies in Helsingborg and academic studies in Uppsala, he was ordained priest in 1973 for the Diocese of Luleå. He served as Pastor and Counselor in the Lycksele parish from 1973-1980, priest in the Vaksala parish in Uppsala from 1981-1982, Student Priest in Uppsala 1982-1983, Commissioner and Deputy pastor of the Orsa parish in Västerås University from 1984 to 1989, and a pastor of Ål parish from 1989 till 1992. He was a founder and director of the Stiftsgården in Rättvik 1992-2000 and ecumenical administrator at the church office in Uppsala from 2000 to 2003. Between 2003 and 2011 he was Secretary General of the Swedish Christian Council .

In December 2010, he was elected as bishop of Visby. He was consecrated on 6 March 2011, together with Martin Modéus, the new bishop of Linköping.[1]


  1. "Biskop Sven-Bernhard Fast", Church of Sweden. Retrieved on 12 August 2017.