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Pastor Smokie Norful is a world-renowned Pastor, award-winning recording artist, educator, author, and visionary who has a strong passion for saving souls and transforming the lives of others. He has reached the heights of success in both ministry and music, with over 25 years of preaching, 17 years of pastoring, and his music career spanning over two decades.
As an internationally known musician, music composer, producer, and singer, Norful’s 2002 solo debut release “I NEED YOU NOW” catapulted him to worldwide recognition.
Since that time, he has found commercial success with five Number 1 Billboard Albums and over 3 million albums sold worldwide. He has earned 2 Grammy Awards, 11 Stellar Awards, 5 Dove Awards, 1 Soul Train Music Award, 2 NAACP Image award nominations, and 3 BET award nominations.
In addition to his countless awards and honors, he is also an accomplished author with his first book, Take the Lid Off, an extraordinarily empowering compilation of his personal life stories and antidotes as well as biblical and practical insights to help every individual maximize their potential.
Pastor Norful is an educator at heart. Having received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, in his ongoing pursuit of growth and development in leadership he also pursued a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and in May of 2018 received a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Trinity International University. Pastor Norful is currently enrolled at Concordia University in pursuit of a PHD in Organizational Leadership.
17 years ago, Pastor Smokie Norful and his wife First Lady Carla Norful, officially launched Victory Cathedral Worship Center, in Bolingbrook, IL on Sept. 20, 2005 – where he serves as Senior Pastor. Over the past 17 years, Pastor Norful and the Victory Cathedral Church Family have experienced extraordinary and unprecedented growth in the far western suburbs of Chicago. Victory Cathedral has connected with over 1.5 million worshipers, led 15,000 souls to Christ, and physically and spiritually assisted countless thousands of families over the course of 17 years.
Victory is now a multicampus ministry, including thousands attending weekly by way of the online Global Campus. The south Chicago campus was launched in 2007 and is known as Victory City Chicago. Victory City Birmingham was launched under the leadership of Pastor Brandon Knight, and now Victory City Atlanta will be launched in the spring of 2022!
With more campuses launching in the near future, the ministry continues by focusing on reaching the community and encouraging its members to live to be missed, not just remembered. Victory accomplishes this by adopting a heart of volunteerism, charity, philanthropy, and a priority toward evangelism and social engagement. These initiatives are an extension and reflection of the heart of Pastor Norful.
Pastor Norful is married to his beautiful wife of 24 years, Carla Norful, and they have three amazingly gifted and accomplished adult children, Ashley (Graduate Northern IL University, a corporate-fortune 500 logistics director), Tre’ (2nd year – Junior Morehouse College / Finance & Spanish), and Ashton (High School Senior with 4.4 GPA).