Lauren Elizabeth Norton is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned on Aug. 23, 2019.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Born in Conyers, Georgia, Lauren is a member of Carrollton First United Methodist Church, North Georgia Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from the University of West Georgia, Carrollton. She has worked in the children’s ministry program and as an office assistant at her church, as well as in the food-service industry.
Active in church since eighth grade, Lauren said, “My faith truly kicked off during my sophomore year of college. Becoming involved in a local church taught me that life was never meant to be about me. It is about serving others. Through Carrollton First UMC, I have been given opportunities to connect with so many people and built life-changing relationships. My faith has become the most important part of my life, and I would not be where I am without the grace and love of God. Through the Global Mission Fellows program, I will continue to serve with people to help make disciples as I grow as a disciple. I truly believe that my calling in life is to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”