Don Norton

Senior Staff

About Don

I have been in ministry since 1966, first as a Jr. High youth leader in my church and also worked in migrant ministries in California during the summers. In 1970 I felt God’s call to enter college and go into full time ministry. While at Asbury College I answered the challenge to missions and went to Southwest Indian School in Peoria, AZ as a teacher-coach. From there, God led my wife and I into other ministry opportunities in California that included Christian camping and directing Fairhaven Retirement Community for World Gospel Mission.

In 2001 we returned to Peoria, AZ and back to ministry at Southwest Indian Ministry Center. It was then that we began attending New Life Community Church and being involved with their missions outreach programs. In 2003, my wife Gail passed away and I began to seek God’s direction for my future and it came in the form of doing volunteer missions work in the Ukraine for WGM with whom I had been associated with for most of my ministry years. I came to Berdyansk in 2004 and begin teaching ESL classes and leading a college Bible study group. The opportunity to be involved with American families adopting Ukraine children in our city opened in 2005 and it has been added to my ministry outreach along with teaching English at one of the local universities this year. God continues to open avenues for service as my schedule permits.

I am happy to be associated with GTN and to be a part of their global outreach in teaching, training and evangelization.  My retirement years are a blessing and the volunteer service is a gift from God. To Him be the Glory and Praise!!

I have a BA in ED. from Asbury College and an M.Ed in Native American Education from Arizona State University. I also have over twenty five years in cross-cultural ministry experience.