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Pastor Smokie Norful

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Senior Pastor

Local Address:  Chicago , Illinois , United States
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • bachelor's degree , history
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Smokie Norful, Senior Pastor
As founder and senior pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center, Pastor Smokie Norful spiritually guides and provides pastoral leadership and care for the 5,000 members, volunteers and staff amongst its two campuses in Bolingbrook, Illinois and Chicago.
Pastor Norful 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 is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and has a bachelor's degree in history. He currently serves on the board of Regents for Trinity International University.
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Pastor Norful has contributed as a writer to five platinum selling compilations, and has written for numerous major label gospel recordings. In 2005, Pastor Norful also had the esteemed honor of performing for President George W. Bush in the White House, in celebration of Black Music Month.
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Rev. Norful and his wife, Carla (former school teacher and social worker), own and operate several businesses in real estate, entertainment, and publishing. However, despite the demands as a pastor, artist, writer, entrepreneur, and businessman, what he cherishes most is cultivating a loving relationship with his wife, spending time nurturing his two sons, Tré and Ashton, and empowering his daughter, Ashley.
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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.
Victory Cathedral Worship Center - Pastor Norfuls Executive Team
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Pastor Smokie Norful - Full Gospel Baptist
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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.
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Smokie Norful, Senior Pastor
As founder and senior pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center, Pastor Smokie Norful spiritually guides and provides pastoral leadership and care for the 5,000 members, volunteers and staff amongst its two campuses in Bolingbrook, Illinois and Chicago.
Pastor Norful 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 is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and has a bachelor's degree in history. He currently serves on the board of Regents for Trinity International University.
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Pastor Norful has contributed as a writer to five platinum selling compilations, and has written for numerous major label gospel recordings. In 2005, Pastor Norful also had the esteemed honor of performing for President George W. Bush in the White House, in celebration of Black Music Month.
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Rev. Norful and his wife, Carla (former school teacher and social worker), own and operate several businesses in real estate, entertainment, and publishing. However, despite the demands as a pastor, artist, writer, entrepreneur, and businessman, what he cherishes most is cultivating a loving relationship with his wife, spending time nurturing his two sons, Tré and Ashton, and empowering his daughter, Ashley.
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Give Yourself Away (G.Y.A.) is a generosity movement led by Pastor Smokie Norful who is l Read More
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