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Pastor Smokie Norful

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Executive Assistant

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

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
  • History Teacher for Seven Years
    Evanston Township High School
  • History Teacher for Seven Years
    Jack Robey Junior High School
  • History Teacher for Seven Years
    Pine Bluff High School

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • history
    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Masters
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Web References
Victory Cathedral Worship Center - Pastor Norfuls Executive Team
www.getthevictory.org, 16 April 2014 [cached]
Responsibilities: Executive Assistant to Pastor Smokie Norful
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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 ...
uk.breathecast.com, 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.
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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 www.getthevictory.org.
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
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Smokie Norful was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the son of an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E) minister.
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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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Victory Cathedral Worship Center - Pastor Smokie Norful - Victory Cathedral Worship Center
www.getthevictory.org, 16 April 2014 [cached]
Pastor Smokie Norful spent the early portion of his life in Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He later moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he attended Jack Robey Junior High and Pine Bluff High School. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a bachelor's degree in history. He also received formal training in ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and Trinity International Seminary in Deerfield, Ill., where he studied to achieve a master's of divinity.
He served as a history teacher for seven years at Jack Robey Junior High School, Pine Bluff High School (Pine Bluff, Ark.) and Evanston Township High School (Evanston, Ill.) respectively. Additionally Rev. Norful served for two years as the educational director for the Pine Bluff Housing Authority's after-school program. Other notable vocational experiences include, but are not limited to, his service as a historian for the National Park Service and a congressional aid for the fourth congressional district. He currently serves on the board of Regents for Trinity International University.
He was ordained an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church and has been a licensed preacher since 1997. Rev. Norful served as youth pastor, minister of music, and associate minister of St. John AME church in Pine Bluff, under the leadership of Rev. W.R. Norful Sr., and Teresa Norful until relocating to Chicago.
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In addition, on September 28, 2008, Pastor Norful launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago. Since its launch, they have witnessed a similar dynamic growth and a phenomenal move of God.
He is an internationally renowned musician, music composer, and recording artist. His debut compact discs entitled I Need You Now and Smokie Norful Limited Edition have garnered favorable accolades and awards across the world, including the 2005 Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for his release entitled, Nothing Without You; three Stellar awards; four Dove awards; three Gospel Music Excellence Awards; an image award nomination; a Soul Train award nomination; two nominations for the BET award for gospel music; two RIAA certified Gold selling compact discs; and countless others. Pastor Norful has contributed as a writer to five platinum selling compilations, and has written for numerous major label gospel recordings. Billboard magazine named him the number one selling gospel music artist for 2003 and 2004. His notable performances include such events as 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 notable festivals, events, concert halls, and tours. He's also had the esteemed honor of performing for President George W. Bush in the White House, in celebration of Black Music Month.
Rev. Norful and his wife, Carla (former school teacher and social worker), own and operate four businesses in real estate, entertainment, and publishing. However, despite the demands as an artist, writer, entrepreneur, businessman, and pastor, what he cherishes most is cultivating a loving relationship with his wife, spending time nurturing their two sons, Tré and Ashton, and empowering his daughter, Ashley.
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