Otto Torvik was born in Romsdal in Bolsøyparish just east of Molde. His father was Ingebrigt Taraldsen from Torvik, Romsdal in Norway and was farmer and lay preacher. His mother was sick when Otto Torvik was born, and she prayed to the God that his son had to be used in the service of God.
In 1931, Torvik traveled to ChineseTurkistan to see if it was possible to start with a Christian mission there. In 1940 he founded the Norwegian Missionary Muhammad Mission. Otto Torvik was a central role in this Mission. Eight years later in 1948, Torvik traveled to India as a pioneer missionary. He built a mission station in Sajinipara and this was the mission's first mission field in India.