About Us



YWAM Grimerud equips missional young people and raises them up to live whole heartedly for God. Our passion is to reach the least reached nations as well as the post-Christian west. We want to cross borders into foreign cultures and into all spheres of society.

God has spoken to us: “What you hope for in the nations, let it happen here!”
Our passion is also to be a part of a national movement in Norway, calling this nation back to God.

Our heart beats for revival that brings reformation, a new wave of missions to the nations, and for the unity of the body of Christ. We believe we are a community that is a catalyst to champion new teams and ministries to Norway and to the world. 



YWAM Grimerud is led by a core team of three couples. Nils-Andreas & Lenanette Honningdal, Andreas & Heather Karstad, Christoffer & Heidi Elstrøm. 

Since 1975 when the first young families moved in, the lakeside farm called Grimerud has been a missions training centre. From the beginning this place has been instrumental in an awakening movement in the Norwegian church, calling young people to committed discipleship, and a missional lifestyle. Now, 40 years later. YWAM Grimerud is still buzzing with life, housing more ministries and UofN schools than ever. We are a community of all ages, with lots of young people and families serving together in the great commission.

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.


YWAM’s University of the Nations (U of N) operates in 650 locations in 160 countries, providing programs in approximately 100 languages around the world. The U of N is committed to teach and develop men and women spiritually, culturally, intellectually and professionally.
The U of N aims to equip students to serve in all spheres of society and in all nations. The goal of the U of N is to teach students how to apply biblical truth practically and to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The U of N offers Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and Master’s degrees from its seven colleges. The seven colleges have been designed to bring God’s truth and hope to the seven most influential areas of society. These colleges are:

  • College of the Arts and Sports
  • College of Christian Ministries
  • College of Communication
  • College of Counseling and Health Care
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and International Studies
  • College of Science and Technology

There are also six interdisciplinary centers:

  • Community Development Centre
  • The Centre for Discipleship Training Schools
  • The Family Resource Centre
  • The Student Mobilization Centre
  • The GENESIS Centre
  • The Centre for European Studies


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