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Pastor Smokie Norful

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Executive Assistant

Local Address: Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
Victory Cathedral Worship Center

Employment History

  • Pastor
    Victory Cathedral Worship Center
  • Senior Pastor
    Victory Cathedral Worship Center
  • Pastor
  • Educational Director for the After-School Program
    Pine Bluff Housing Authority

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • history
    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Masters
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Victory Cathedral Worship Center - Pastor Norfuls Executive Team, 16 April 2014 [cached]
Responsibilities: Executive Assistant to Pastor Smokie Norful
Smokie Norful answered ..., 14 Oct 2013 [cached]
Smokie Norful answered his call to the ministry of the gospel in 1998, and pursued a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is currently pastor and founder of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville, Illinois. Pastor Norful's compelling charismatic ministry will electrify our hearts, deliver, save and set souls free and bring us into the presence of Almighty God.
Also filling the night with joyous praise and worship are the mighty sound of MLK's Voices Of Praise Choir, the well sought after MLK's Believe Mime Team, and other special guests.
Come and experience the music, the dance, the singing and the anointed word as we fill the sanctuary and magnify the Lord. An awesome night of God's glory will be the expectation on this memorable night with Pastor Smokie Norful!
Grammy award winning recording artist and ..., 5 Dec 2012 [cached]
Grammy award winning recording artist and distinguished pastor, Smokie Norful to head into 2013 advocating, "Give Yourself Away" (GYA) a straightforward approach to living and giving. Conceived over two years ago, Pastor Norful began preaching and teaching a series called "Giving God's Way - the Gift of Generosity. Out of that series came the "Give Yourself Away" program that Norful will launch at his home ministry, Victory Cathedral Worship Center, encompassing teachings, outreach and action.
With a focus on altruism "Give Yourself Away," will promote the notion that by blessing others, they can find blessings beyond their expectation. Norful will kick things off at Victory Cathedral's New Year's Eve celebration service by announcing the GIVE40 plan. GIVE40 will engage members of Victory Cathedral and encourage them to volunteer 40 hours of their time and talents to local and regional organizations in need. Their goal is to log 100,000 Hours of Service in 2013. Norful has big plans to help his member's kick-start a lifestyle that will inherently include giving back.
Norful has a three-prong approach to "Give Yourself Away" incorporating the concepts of "Preaching, Teaching and Modeling. Along with his on-going series at Victory Cathedral revolving around our mandate as Christians to give, Norful encourages members to engage in 'Acts of Random Kindness.' Norful quietly began offering assistance last year culminated by gifting a local family in need with a new car.
"Having celebrated 10 years in the music industry as an artist, I reflect on ALL the many blessings God has given me and am excited about the generosity movement my church and I have undertaken, GYA. Being a blessing to people is a huge passion of mine and I am encouraged that others are adopting and embracing the Christian responsibility to live out our divine purpose by blessing others," said Pastor Norful. "My prayer and hope is that many will join me in this awesome venture by adopting a lifestyle of generosity and share their time, talent, and treasure. There is no reward, nor fulfillment like seeing a life impacted by your generosity...nothing like it."
Future endeavors include charitable concerts, events and conferences where Norful will advance the idea of committing time, talents and treasures to other people. He hopes to teach and offer partner churches ways to create their own "Give Yourself Away" campaign. For more information or to share your ideas and thoughts about living generously please log on to
In addition to furthering "Give Yourself Away," Norful is set to release all new music in 2013. Having always been a music trailblazer, Norful's highly anticipated new album, is already creating a buzz among industry insiders; is being touted as his most ambitious body of work to date, destined for universal appeal.
Norful is a multiple award winner having received a Grammy® Award in 2004 as well as several Stellar, Dove and NAACP Image Awards. He amassed worldwide recognition for his platinum-selling release I NEED YOU NOW which opened doors for him to minister worldwide. Norful is the senior pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Chicago. He recently received two additional Stellar Award nominations for the current compilation CD Once In A Lifetime.
Smokie Norful Biography, 10 April 2009 [cached]
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Smokie Norful was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the son of an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E) minister.
By the age of two, Smokie was picking out melodies on a toy piano, and by four he was playing and singing in his father's church. At the age of 10, he was recorded for the first time as a featured artist on an album by a regional music director.
Smokie Norful's College Years:
After graduating high school, Smokie was still passionate about music, but he chose to study history at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff instead of choosing a music major.
After finishing college, he spent the next four years as a high school history teacher.
In 1998, Norful's life and career path took another turn as he felt like he was being called into ministry. He moved to Chicago in order to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary.
Smokie Norful's Big Break:
After getting his Masters, Norful decided to stay in Chicago as an assistant pastor at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church. He was active in several church choirs, and he eventually caught the ear of Joe Anne Brunson, leader of the Thompson Community Choir, who asked him to sing one of his original songs for the choir's Real album.
People from EMI Gospel heard Smokie on Real and quickly signed him in 2002, also signing him with EMI-CMG Publishing as a songwriter under his own Norful Music Publishing company.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Smokie Norful Trivia:
Smokie Norful played the host in T.D. Jakes' Follow the Star Norful is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity He is married to wife Carla and has two sons, Tre and Ashton, as well as an adopted daughter named Ashley His hit song "I Need You Now" was written after Carla was told that she might have cancer and wouldn't be able to have children
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Smokie Norful Gets a Dove Awards Nomination for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year Smokie was named Billboard Magazine's #1 Gospel Artist of 2003 and also won Stellar Awards for both Best Male Vocalist and Best New Artist in 2003.
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Pastor Smokie Norful Smokie ..., 15 Nov 2014 [cached]
Pastor Smokie Norful Smokie Norful catapulted on top of the gospel music scene over a decade ago, since then the Grammy® award-winning recording artist has accomplished one feat after another. Today Smokie shows no sign of slowing down. The world-renowned vocalist, Pastor, educator and visionary now brings his music and ministry efforts towards global humanitarianism. As an internationally known musician, composer, and singer, Norful's 2002 debut release I NEED YOU NOW propelled him to worldwide recognition. Since that time he has found commercial success with three Number 1 Billboard Albums (I NEED YOU NOW, NOTHING WITHOUT YOU, SMOKIE NORFUL LIVE) and over 2 million albums sold worldwide. Norful is a multiple RIAA certified platinum-selling artist and has been named Billboard's "Gospel Artist of the Year" in 2003 and 2004. He is a multiple Stellar, Dove awards winner, has earned Grammy® Soul Train, NAACP Image award nominations. Norful received the Grammy Award in 2005 for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for his chart topping CD NOTHING WITHOUT YOU. Norful has also contributed to five platinum selling compilations and has written songs for several major Gospel recording artists. His notable performances include appearances on The Trumpet Awards, Save Africa's Children Event in Soweto, the BET Awards, the Stellar Awards, Soul Train, hosting and performing on the Dove Awards, the Parade of Stars, the Essence Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and numerous other festivals, events, concert halls, and tours. He has starred on the Hopeville Tour along side Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin and will headline the McDonalds Inspiration Celebration tour this summer. Norful is an educator at heart. Having received his degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Norful went on to teach for seven years. He attended both Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (in Evanston, IL) and Trinity International Seminary (in Deerfield, IL) and formerly served the board of Regents for Trinity International University. Norful launched his church Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, IL on September 20, 2005 where he serves as Senior Pastor. Since its launch, Norful and the Victory Cathedral Church Family have experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented growth in this community. He launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago in September 2008. The ministry has been focused on reaching the community and encouraging its members to live a life to be remembered through volunteerism, charity and philanthropy via their "Give Yourself Away" initiative. Smokie's proudest roles are that as a husband, father. He & his wife Carla are proud parents of Ashley, Tre and Ashton; they reside in suburban Chicago, IL. Smokie Norful Ministries is based on 3 simple principles: Hope, Healing and Empowerment.
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