Nordby, Jorgen was born on December 9, 1852 in Hardanger, Norway. Son of Paul and Marie (Sponheim) Nordby.
Came to the United States, 1867. A.M., Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, 1873. Graduate Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, 1876.
Ordained Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran ministry, 1876. Pastor Northwood, Iowa, 1876-1880, Lee, Rochelle and Capron, Illinois, since 1880. Secretary Eastern District Norwegian Lutheran Church 1896-1907, president, since 1907.