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Pastor Smokie Norful

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

Employment History

  • Senior Pastor
    Victory Cathedral Worship Center
  • Pastor

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Victory Cathedral Worship Center


  • Master of Divinity degree
    Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
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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.
Review | GML: Feel the Sound, 27 April 2011 [cached]
Album Review: Smokie Norful "Worship and A Word"
With Worship and A Word, Smokie Norful shows us his other side. Many of you know Smokie Norful the singer.
In this message Pastor Norful reminds us that works or actions must be matched up with our faith.
TCP Magazine - Press Releases [cached]
Considered the "Voice of Inspiration," Smokie Norful once again lives up to his name by delivering work that is expressive, heartfelt, and passionate.The new project is a regeneration of the EMI Gospel artist, and was inspired by a series of life-changing events that have taken place in Norful's life over the past few years: fatherhood, pastoring a rapidly growing church, and experiencing musical success."Since reconnecting with ministry and the true nature of my call (preaching), I have literally seen life change ... way!"states Norful, while discussing the genesis of the project."For me, this project is truly a rejuvenation of Smokie Norful.It is part of a series of events that have been life changing for me.I hope that listeners will be inspired to be better ... songs."
Life Changing will not only delight current Norful fans, but will create a legion of new ones, as it is infused with Norful's renewed passion for songwriting—containing musical selections ranging from praise and worship to traditional to urban pop.Norful has teamed up with new business partner and co-writer, Jason Tyson to form the new company, "One Wordd Productions," which will focus on songwriting and production.
Once again, Norful collaborates with producers Tommy Simms, Percy Bady, and Cedric and Victor Caldwell, all of whom worked on his 2004 Grammy Award-winning sophomore CD, Nothing Without You.
Additional songs featured on the project include the piano-driven ballad Run Til I Finish written by Norful; the traditional I've Decided to Make Jesus My Choice; and the Caribbean-influenced Great and Mighty (produced by Bady).
Life Changing also includes the Tommy Simms-produced Where Would I Be, a contemporary, mid-tempo ballad; and the upbeat, praise and party song, Celebrate, another song penned by Norful.The diverse singer/songwriter also includes a rendition of the Whitney Houston hit, Run To You (from The Bodyguard film soundtrack)—changing the lyrics to focus the attention on his ability to run to God for restoration and strength to face whatever challenges life sends.
To promote the new CD, as well as share his ministry with a broad audience, Norful will launch the "Worship & A Word" promotional tour this fall.The idea for "Worship & A Word" was created by Norful to integrate his music and preaching ministries, and will be held at various churches across the country.The promotional appearances will consist of a message from Pastor Norful, as well as a musical performance featuring selections from Life Changing.Target markets include New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Dallas, Nashville and Washington, DC, and several others.
The acclaimed, multi-talented artist has been successful since entering the gospel music scene four years ago.Since the release of his Gold-certified debut CD (and smash single of the same name), I Need You Now (June 2002), Norful has never left the Gospel charts.His follow-up sophomore CD, Nothing Without You, debuted at #1 when released, and has remained on the sales charts since its release in 2004.It is now approaching Gold status.Norful has earned numerous awards, including a 2004 Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album;" three of gospel music's Stellar Awards; two of Christian music's Dove Awards; three Gospel Music Excellence Awards; and many others.He was named "Gospel Artist Of The Year" for 2003 and 2004 by the industry's top trade publication, Billboard magazine.Norful ended last year as the fifth best-selling artist of 2005 (following only behind the likes of Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin—all of whom released CDs the same year).
In addition to touring in music venues and churches throughout the country, Norful has made numerous personal performances.
Norful—a husband, father and music artist—is now pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center—one of the fastest growing churches in the western suburban community of Bolingbrook/Romeoville, Illinois (outside Chicago).The ordained minister started the church in Fall 2005 and has seen a continuous increase in worshipers every week—now amassing a membership of close to 1,200 ... Smokie Norful is forging his own path in today's ever-changing gospel music world and living up to his God-given call to inspire others to achieve greatness.
Smokie Norful :, 23 May 2009 [cached]
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Smokie Norful- Live
Since dominating adult contemporary and R&B radio with his bonafide crossover ballad hit "I Need You Now,", Smokie Norful survived one-hit wonder status and even impressed the Academy by taking home a Grammy win for his 2004 album Nothing Without You in the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel category. Yet it is relevant to add that the coolness of Norful's career and his relevance on the charts has simmered down some since his goldmine hit. On Live, Norful rediscovers the most popular trend in gospel music by using the live audience to once again build up his army of supporters. Taped at Memphis' Canon Center, Norful isn't a total stranger to the live atmosphere. In an effort to meet the surging demand of Norful's quickly-growing fan base, he recorded the ten-track EP, Limited Edition, months after I Need You Now. Being a full-time pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville, IL also benefits him with interacting with his audiences.
Recorded live in front of a standing room audience at The Cannon Center in Memphis, the 10-track CD was produced by Norful and Jason Tyson, and includes guest performances by Tony Award winning artist, Heather Headley and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett.
Cory "Coco Brother" Condrey, host of "The Coco Brother Show," who recently interviewed Norful on his Atlanta-based, nationally-syndicated radio program offered his well wishes, "Congratulations to Pastor Smokie Norful on his debut at #1 and powerful single, 'Justified!' We had Pastor help us launch our new syndicated show 'Coco Brother Live,' now syndicated in (16) national markets daily. I always enjoy interviewing people who have content and great things to say. Smokie's interview was powerful and captured people. He's not just an artist...He's a man of GOD!"
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