The long-term goal: to train Navajo leaders who can plant churches and demonstrate Christ's love to their own people, in their own communities, across the expansive Navajo Nation.
Tim Norton and his family, including his wife, Heidi, and two children, serve the Navajo Nation – the largest Native nation both in terms of population and area with more than 25,000 square miles (bigger than the size of West Virginia).
Prior to taking his ministry position with Lutheran Indian Ministries in 2013, Tim served as a missionary in Guinea, Africa. Based on this experience, he understands the difficulties that come with ministering to a group of people different than yourself. However, Tim has immersed himself in the Navajo culture and has pushed himself to understand both the culture and the language.
Tim works with Louise Lee (Navajo), who also serves with Lutheran Indian Ministries, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Navajo, N.M.
Tim is enrolled in the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center (CMC) Program at Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., leading to ordination.