Pastor Dana Norton

Rev. Dana NortonDana Grissett Norton was born in Lake Charles, LA, and graduated from South Garland High School in 1975. Called to ordained ministry at a young age, Rev. Norton responded to God’s true calling after various side trips in her life journey.

Rev. Norton received a Bachelor of Science from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce) with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education in 1978. In 1997, she completed a Master of Science at University of North Texas in Clinical Psychology and worked in the mental health field in the nonprofit sector for a number of years. She received her Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 2006 and is currently working toward her Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.).

Rev. Norton was appointed Associate Pastor of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX, in June of 2006 as she graduated with the M.Div. degree. At PPUMC, she was responsible for Adult Ministries and participated in most areas of church leadership, teaching, worship and pastoral care. She also facilitated a 6-week grief support group twice each year.

Rev. Norton was appointed Associate Pastor of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX, in June of 2006 as she graduated with the M.Div. degree. At PPUMC, she was responsible for Adult Ministries and participated in most areas of church leadership, teaching, worship and pastoral care. She also facilitated a 6-week grief support group twice each year.

Rev. Norton was appointed as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mabank, TX, in July 2015, where all the side journeys of her earlier life have come together to lead FUMC Mabank into the future. She plans to become involved in the local community through Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, CASA, and the Foundry House. She will also be actively involved through her children and husband in Mabank ISD.

Rev. Norton has served on the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Dallas County Community Planning Committee for community services in the areas of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and At-Risk Children. Her volunteer work has included work with children and youth in a variety of settings, jail ministry, hospital visitation ministry, and Assistant Spiritual Director on Walk to Emmaus. With two other women, she started a local pick-up site for a national food co-op to encourage healthy, affordable meals for local families.

Rev. Dana Norton and familyRev. Norton is married to Andrew (Andy) Norton who is currently a teacher at Mabank High School. With an M.A. in History, he teaches dual credit American History. Mr. Norton loves all things ‘history’ or ‘government’ related. Yet he is also creative. If you drive by the parsonage during the Christmas season, the beautifully decorated yard is his creation. The Nortons have two children; Naomi who is in the 7th grade at Mabank Junior High and Anna who is in the 4th grade at Central Elementary School in Mabank. Both girls are very artistic and involved in music.

Life verses: Romans 8, specifically, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?… For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” and John 3:17, “I know, I know… everyone likes John 3:16, but John 3:17 holds an even greater promise of hope.”

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