Sigurd Bratlie

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Sigurd Bratlie
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Born(1905-07-27)July 27, 1905
DiedJanuary 24, 1996(1996-01-24) (aged 90)
Oslo, Norway
ResidenceOslo, Norway
NationalityNorway Norwegian
TitleLeader of Brunstad Christian Church
PredecessorElias Aslaksen
SuccessorKåre Johan Smith
Spouse(s)Rakel Smith
ChildrenSigurd Johan Bratlie

Sigurd Rudolf Guldbrandsen Bratlie (July 27, 1905 – January 24, 1996) was the leader of Brunstad Christian Church from 1976 until his death in 1996.[1]

Bratlie was born in Nordstrand, Norway and was the youngest of nine children.[2] A tailor by trade,[3] Bratlie met Johan Oscar Smith at a church service in 1920 while still serving his apprenticeship. He became an influential member, and later leader, of Brunstad Christian Church. He travelled widely as a missionary and was the subject of international media attention when he was imprisoned for 143 days in Baghdad, Iraq in 1978 for holding Christian meetings.[4][5] He was also arrested for conducting missionary activity in Romania in 1974, a country then under the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.[2]

Published works[edit]

Bratlie wrote numerous articles, mostly published in the Norwegian Christian journal Skjulte Skatter. He also authored several books, including The Bride, the Harlot and the End Times.[6] He is also the author of three hymns in Brunstad Christian Church's hymn book Ways of the Lord.[7]


  1. ^ "Smiths Venner". Tønsbergs blad (in Norwegian). September 25, 2006. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Biography of Sigurd Bratlie". Brunstad Christian Church. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  3. ^ "Sigurd Bratlie død". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Oslo. January 25, 1996. p. 15. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  4. ^ Bratli, Kjel Arne (1998). Mission Bagdad. ISBN 82-7668-036-4.
  5. ^ "Sigurd Bratlie fengslet i Irak". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Oslo. December 18, 1978. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  6. ^ Bratlie, Sigurd (2000). The Bride and the Harlot and the End Times. Skjulte Skatters Forlag. ISBN 82-91305-66-8.
  7. ^ Herrens Veier. Skjulte Skatters Forlag. 2008. ISBN 978-82-92493-76-2.