Rev. Marcellus A. Norris
Rev. Marcellus Alexander Norris was born in Newark, NJ to Bishop Richard F. and Mrs. Mary Ann Norris.
Rev. Norris is married to Mrs. Anethia Theress Norris and have two sons, London Nicholas and
Marcellus Alexander II.
Rev. Norris accepted the call to preach on August 6, 1995 at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, Philadelphia, PA,
where then Rev. Richard F. Norris was the pastor. He preached his trial sermon on September 24, 1995
and received the license to preach on September 25, 1995. A third generation A.M.E. preacher,
Marcellus graduated in May 2007, from Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg with a Master’s of Divinity
Pastor Norris began his pastoral journey in January 1997 as the Supply Preacher at Bethel A.M.E.
Church, McConnellsburg, PA. In May 1997, he was assigned as the Pastor of
Bethel A.M.E. Church, McConnellsburg, PA. At Bethel, Pastor Norris was able to increase membership
and get the people to have an understanding of the A.M.E. Connection.
In December 1997, while attending Shippensburg University, Pastor Norris was assigned to St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church, Shippensburg, PA. Under his leadership, Pastor Norris was able to purchase the new church edifice at 38 Stewart Place which included a parking lot and parsonage. He also formed 3 choirs and increased the membership from 14 to 91.
In May 2001, Pastor Norris was assigned to Bethel A.M.E. Church, West Chester, PA. Under his leadership, he was able to increase membership and install Central Air Conditioning in the sanctuary. He was also able to increase the ministries of the church by forming the following: Women’s Choir, Youth Choir , Youth Usher Board, Women’s Fellowship Ministry, M.O.B. (Men of Bethel), and the Prison Ministry Outreach.
In November 2003, Pastor Norris was assigned to Bethel A.M.E. Church, Byrn Mawr, PA. Many accomplishments were achieved namely:
-Bought and paid for a new state of the art digital piano.
-Reinstituted the Alcolyte Ministry.
-Expanded the Music Ministry to include Drums and Bongos.
-Installed New Sound System
-Paved new parking lot for 10 additional spaces!
-Bought, installed and paid for new windows in the community center!
-Created Website for Bethel, Bryn Mawr.
-Instituted the Norris Praise Team!
-Installed New Flooring in the Hallways and Community Center!
-Instituted 8AM Contemporary Service every 3rd Sunday!
-Instituted the Dance Ministry!
-Started New A-Frame Roof over Community Center
In June 2007, Pastor Norris was assigned to Bethel A.M.E. Church, Norwalk, CT. At Bethel, the Praise Team was reinstituted. New ministries were formed such as the Unlimited Praise Dance Ministry, the Men’s Mime Ministry, Trinity Step Team, and the Bethel Drill Team. A new sound system was installed and Bethel was able to purchase a 47 passenger bus. Pastor Norris led Bethel in the renovation of the parsonage at a cost of $50,000.
In June 2009, Pastor Norris was assigned to St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Cambridge, MA. Rev. Norris served for three years growing and invigorating several church ministries including the Young Adult Network, the Liturgical Arts and the Married Couples Ministries. Under his leadership, the church purchased a 25 passenger mini-bus, a four bedroom parsonage, upgraded and revitalized the computer laboratory and put into place Insource Services, a financial accounting service whose work results in stabilizing church finances and related systems. St. Paul also celebrated the 200th birthday of Bishop Richard Allen with a city-wide Block Party attended by St. Paul members and hundreds of Cambridge and Boston area residents. Coupled with Sunday afternoon radio broadcasts, the Block Party drew an increasing number of people into the St. Paul A.M.E. Worship Experience.
On January 22, 2012, Pastor Norris was assigned to St. Luke A.M.E. Church, New York, NY. Rev. Norris came in and hit the ground running with a Vision and a Ministry of Excellence for St. Luke. Pastor Norris introduced to St. Luke, the “E” Factor, which constitutes the Principles of Excellence. Under his leadership, he was able to stabilize the finances of the church by paying off one loan in two years. Since St. Luke loves to travel the world to worship and evangelize, Rev. Norris and the congregation purchased a new 25 passenger minibus and a new 15 passenger van . Under Rev. Norris’ leadership, St. Luke started an after school program in 2013 which serves over 60 children. This program expanded in 2014 by teaching the Hispanic community English as a second language.
In November 2012, Rev. Norris was appointed by Bishop Ingram as the First Episcopal District Chairman of Christian Education.
In June 2014, Pastor Norris was elected the Connectional Parliamentarian for the Richard Allen Young Adult Council.
Pastor Norris is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Pastor Norris is a Master Mason and member of Xenia Lodge #50.
Pastor Norris’ favorite scripture is:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”