Rev. Marcellus A. Norris
Rev. Marcellus A. Norris is the pastor of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem, New York. Son of Bishop Richard F. Norris and Mrs. Mary Ann Norris, he is a third generation African Methodist Episcopal Church preacher. Ordained as a minister in 1997, Rev. Norris received a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Rev. Norris married Mrs. Dawn Elizabeth Norris in 2002.
Widely recognized as an anointed preacher, Rev. Norris has served as the pastor of five A.M.E. churches prior to his most recent appointment to the Historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Rev. Norris has pastored the following churches:
St. Peter's A.M.E. Church, Shippensburg, PA,
Bethel A.M.E. Church, West Chester, PA,
Bethel A.M.E. Church Bryn Mawr, PA,
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Norwalk, CT,
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Cambridge, MA.
Credited for providing administratively sound and visionary leadership, Rev. Norris' ministerial accomplishments include significant increases in church membership, revenues and property improvements and acquisitions including the:
- purchase of a sanctuary and other church properties
- increased membership to the Kingdom of God
- improvement, restoration and renovation of church properties
- revitalization of a youth and adult community center
- formation of various community support groups including prison outreach
- development of state of the art music and arts departments
As pastor of St. Paul A.M.E., he accomplished the following:
- purchase of a new parsonage
- purchase of a 25 passenger mini-bus
- development a 5-star, state of the art music and arts program
- implementation of a 5-star, state of the art audio/visual system at St. Paul Church and Christian Life Center
- formed a vibrant and enthusiastic Young Adults' program
- formed a multi-generational, diverse and active Married Couples' Fellowship
- maintenance and restoration of 5 church properties
- formed new men's component to the liturgical arts ministry
- renovated computer lab and brought it back to full use
Rev. Norris served the greater Boston area as current member of the Cambridge Black Pastors Conference (CBPC), the Boston Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA) and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME).
Additionally, he is Chair of the Board of Christian Education for the New England Conference of the A.M.E. Church, a member of the Board of Directors for the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. and a member of the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Business Association.
Rev. Norris has served in the following ecclesiastic and community positions: Treasurer of the Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance, President of the West Chester Black Ministerial Alliance, President of the Main Line Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and Commissioner of Education for the Interdenominational Minister's Fellowship in Connecticut. Additionally he has served on the Board of Ethics for the City of Norwalk and currently maintains the position of Chairman of the Board of Christian Education and Chairman of the Finance Committee for the New England Conference of the A.M.E. Church.
His most recent awards include: Certificate of Achievement from the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, the Shabazz Award and Outstanding Community Service Award from Shippensburg University.