photo: Shannon Kaple

We’re Tim and Laurie Thornton. We are a husband and wife team with a decade-long history in music ministry, missions, discipleship, and equipping believers through unique retreats and ongoing training environments. Our desire is to facilitate moments of encounter with God that will awaken people to his love and grace, that they will take hold of their identity and joyfully live out their purpose in him. We work to empower God’s people as they seek the kingdom and live into their destiny as a worshiping family that makes disciples and extends the dominion of God wherever they go. Currently we are shepherding a local church of multiplying missional communities in Colorado Springs called Kindred Collective.

We live, with our three children, near Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs where we enjoy our backyard garden, art studio, and many evenings of food and laughter.We enjoy being submitted to the care of pastoral oversight and operate The Blackthorn Project, their 501c3 nonprofit organization, under the oversight of our board of directors.


Tim’s favorite smells are old acoustic instruments, sawdust, wood smoke, fish slime, and coffee about to be sipped before dawn on a road trip. Tim is a visual artist, worshipper and musician, and a seeker and articulator of the kingdom of God. Tim enjoys not being in a hurry. He enjoys proverbs and one-liners of wisdom from the scripture, and facilitating moments of ministry where the power of God is invited and paradigms shift, whether in front of a fellowship, at a retreat, or with new and old friends over excellent food or by a crackling fire.



To Laurie, there is hardly anything more fun than dirt under her fingernails from a long day in her flower and vegetable gardens, though she’ll never turn down an invitation to fly-fish on the river with Tim or a hike with their three young kids. Mostly, her days are spent homeschooling, enjoying her children at their young ages, and having her house full of family and friends. Shamelessly and completely in love with Jesus, she treasures her life of family on mission with Tim and longs to see people break out of fear, shame, and guilt and into the full life of Christ. She moves in the prophetic and has a special anointing to ignite joy and hope in the hearts of others.

Tim Thornton playing Tenor Banjo

photo: Eye of Rye

Laurie Thornton

photo: Eye of Rie


I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.   ~Ephesians 1:18-19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ~Matthew 28:18-20

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.           ~Isaiah 61