Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff Sr., Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff Sr. was appointed the Pastor of Reid Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina by the Right Reverend Preston Warren Williams II, Presiding Prelate of the 7th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on December 4, 2004.
appointment over 600 individuals have become members and the financial stewardship of the church has increased by well over 200%.
Under the leadership of Bishop Williams, Reverend Goff serves as the Episcopal District's Chairman of the Ministry of Finance, Conference Treasurer, Christian Education Director, Chairman of the Ministerial Efficiency Board and holds offices on several other district and conference boards and committees throughout the state of South Carolina.
is truly dedicated to the transformative ministry of our Zion.
travels extensively conducting workshops and seminars on church growth and management, parliamentary procedures, stewardship, the role and responsibility of a pastor (and members) and church polity.
Pastor Goff was elected and served as delegate and member of the General Board to the 48th Session of the 2008 Quadrennial General Conference.
He was also elected to serve on the General Board of the AME Church during the 2008-2012 Quadrennial.
During the 2011 Annual Conference he was recently elected to served as a member of the Episcopal Committee at the 49th Session of the 2012 Quadrennial General Conference.
Prior to his arrival to Columbia he served as Pastor of St. James AME Church in Danbury Connecticut.
He was elected and served as the Majority Leader of the Hartford City Council; President of the Hartford NAACP; and Comptroller of the Connecticut Convention Center Authority.
Reverend Goff also served as the President & CEO of the Greater Rochester NAACP and Chairman of the Black Ministers Alliance who founded the Footprints Program, a partnership with local banks that has provided more than 10 million dollars in mortgages for first-time homeowners.
Highly respected in the community, he was appointed by the Chief of Police in Rochester to serve as the Chairman of the Faith Community Sub-committee initiative against illegal drugs in Rochester.
tireless encouragement and advocacy in the areas such as diversity, pay equity, and inequity in employee recognition and promotions have resulted in changes in the both public and private work environments.
He continues to serve as a valued consultant with CEO's and corporate management throughout the United States.
Since his move to South Carolina, he continues his commitment to our youth by serving as a member of the Richland County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the Richland I Middle College Foundation, the W.G. Sanders Middle School Community Board to name a few.
His community involvement includes serving as chairman of the Ministerial Alliance of the Midlands and as chairperson of Mayor Benjamin's Faith Coalition Sub-Committee on Workforce and Investment, and chairperson of the Eastman Kodak's External Diversity Advisory Panel.
Reverend Goff's graduate education includes studies at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, Hartford, Connecticut; Management Studies at John F. Kennedy School of Governments, Harvard University; Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut; Yale University School of Divinity in New Haven, Connecticut where he received his Masters of Divinity; and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York where he received his Doctorate in Transformative Ministry.