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Mr. Forrest Norman A. III

Chairman

Presbyterian Layman

HQ Phone: (800) 368-0110

Presbyterian Layman

1220 W. Main Street

Franklin, Tennessee 37068

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Shareholder
Dickie McCamey & Chilcote P.C

Partner and Attorney
Gallagher Sharp

Affiliations

Member
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Education

J.D. degree

Case Western Reserve University

bachelor's Degree

Case Western Reserve University

Web References (186 Total References)


The House Committee in 2013 ...

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The House Committee in 2013 amended the language and provided the substitute bill for SB 18 regarding church property disputes after previously holding an informational hearing when verbal proponent testimony was given by McPherson and Colonial Presbyterian Senior Pastor Jim West, as well as written testimony in support of the measure by PLC Chairman Forrest A. Norman, an attorney with Dickie, McCamey and Chilcote P.C. in Cleveland, Ohio.


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Forrest A. Norman III
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Forrest A. Norman III said that "the way relativism has permeated t
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"We need to have a major realignment along theological lines and not along denominational lines," Norman said. "It makes no sense for churches to be bound together without theological unity."
He said he was born into the Presbyterian Church, but raised in the United Church of Christ. Norman said it was as a teen, while attending an Assemblies of God church, that he "heard the gospel preached for the first time where it made sense."
Later, after service as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Norman said he felt his faith reinvigorated. He left the UCC as it "slipped away from its Biblical heritage" and attended various churches. "The interesting thing during this faith journey was that God was always calling to me and I was trying to respond, but not always in the right ways."
Norman said he "found a minister strong in the Word and well-founded. Despite concerns over the denomination, Norman said it was "the faith expressed by the congregation and the pastor" that brought him back to Presbyterianism.
Norman is a member of Hudson Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Ohio, a church that voted in 2006 to change denominational affiliations from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He has served as a deacon, a mission team leader, adult education teacher, a lay preacher at Hudson and as a Bible study leader, among other activities. In his spare time he volunteers with Project Healing Waters, an outreach for wounded U.S. veterans.
"Modern attempts to define 'what Scripture really is' all too often dilute the value of Scripture, seemingly getting lost in their own linguistic constructs," he said. "While there can be value, and particularly academic value, in portions of such attempts as the Confession of 1967, I find it difficult to reconcile its lesser view of Scripture with the traditions of the Reformed faith. Frankly, the Confession of '67 seems to run contrary to the tenets of the earlier confessions and catechisms, permits too much leeway in interpretation without discipline, and substitutes trend for tradition. Of course, the value of the traditions is not in their age - which would merely be tradition for tradition's sake - but in their well-tested fidelity to God's revealed Word."
Norman is a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Gallagher Sharp. In addition to his civil litigation practice, he has counseled churches of various denominations in more than a dozen states, assisting them in matters ranging from tort claims, ecclesiastical hearings and church property cases. He received his bachelor's and J.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University and is a barrister in the American Inns of Court.
In his professional life, Norman has done work with Lawyers for Life; Liberty Counsel, a national public interest law firm that seeks to preserve religious liberties and traditional family values; and Hands of Hope, a network of pro-life organizations.
He said he has a "great wife and four wonderful kids. Norman and his wife, Sarah, and their children - Forrest, Grant, Hunter and Helena - live in Hudson, Ohio, southeast of Cleveland.
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Forrest A. Norman III
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Forrest A. Norman III said that "the way relativism has permeated t
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"We need to have a major realignment along theological lines and not along denominational lines," Norman said. "It makes no sense for churches to be bound together without theological unity."
He said he was born into the Presbyterian Church, but raised in the United Church of Christ. Norman said it was as a teen, while attending an Assemblies of God church, that he "heard the gospel preached for the first time where it made sense."
Later, after service as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Norman said he felt his faith reinvigorated. He left the UCC as it "slipped away from its Biblical heritage" and attended various churches. "The interesting thing during this faith journey was that God was always calling to me and I was trying to respond, but not always in the right ways."
Norman said he "found a minister strong in the Word and well-founded. Despite concerns over the denomination, Norman said it was "the faith expressed by the congregation and the pastor" that brought him back to Presbyterianism.
Norman is a member of Hudson Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Ohio, a church that voted in 2006 to change denominational affiliations from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He has served as a deacon, a mission team leader, adult education teacher, a lay preacher at Hudson and as a Bible study leader, among other activities. In his spare time he volunteers with Project Healing Waters, an outreach for wounded U.S. veterans.
"Modern attempts to define 'what Scripture really is' all too often dilute the value of Scripture, seemingly getting lost in their own linguistic constructs," he said. "While there can be value, and particularly academic value, in portions of such attempts as the Confession of 1967, I find it difficult to reconcile its lesser view of Scripture with the traditions of the Reformed faith. Frankly, the Confession of '67 seems to run contrary to the tenets of the earlier confessions and catechisms, permits too much leeway in interpretation without discipline, and substitutes trend for tradition. Of course, the value of the traditions is not in their age - which would merely be tradition for tradition's sake - but in their well-tested fidelity to God's revealed Word."
Norman is a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Gallagher Sharp. In addition to his civil litigation practice, he has counseled churches of various denominations in more than a dozen states, assisting them in matters ranging from tort claims, ecclesiastical hearings and church property cases. He received his bachelor's and J.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University and is a barrister in the American Inns of Court.
In his professional life, Norman has done work with Lawyers for Life; Liberty Counsel, a national public interest law firm that seeks to preserve religious liberties and traditional family values; and Hands of Hope, a network of pro-life organizations.
He said he has a "great wife and four wonderful kids. Norman and his wife, Sarah, and their children - Forrest, Grant, Hunter and Helena - live in Hudson, Ohio, southeast of Cleveland.
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I have known Forrest Norman for ...

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I have known Forrest Norman for nearly a decade and Carmen Fowler Lebarge for just about as long.

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Norman] provided confidential legal advice to certain members of session that was not shared with the full session.
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Early in the process, Ohio attorney Forrest Norman (also chairman and chief executive officer of The Layman) counseled with three session members regarding dismissal from the PCUSA. He met at least once in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan with the full session; and also had a number of private communications with the senior pastor and a few session members. At considerable expense to the Woods Church, he provided confidential legal advice to certain members of session that was not shared with the full session. At the direction of two or three session members, a secret trust fund was established to divert financial pledge support from the Woods Church - presumably to be available later to those who left.
For many months The Layman has reported, with great editorial satisfaction, a current list of churches that have left the PCUSA. At the same time, The Layman claims to provide reliable information and resources for "renewal within the PCUSA. To my knowledge, neither LaBerge (Layman president and executive editor) nor Norman (Layman chairman and chief executive officer) has any connection whatsoever with the PCUSA. In fact, LaBerge publicly set aside her PCUSA ordination two years ago and Norman led his Hudson, Ohio church to leave the PCUSA more than five years ago.


Board of Directors

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