J1107

Congratulating The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. of Crown Heights, New York, upon the occasion of his 60th Pastoral Anniversary

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J1107


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr.
of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, New York, upon the occa-
sion of his 60th Pastoral Anniversary

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful
concern and selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate The
Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. of the First Baptist Church of Crown
Heights, New York, upon the occasion of his 60th Pastoral Anniversary,
to be celebrated on Saturday, April 6, 2013; and
WHEREAS, The First Baptist Church was founded on April 30, 1953, for
the purpose of proclaiming a gospel message relevant to a man's need in
a changing society; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. of the First Baptist Church
of Crown Heights, New York, has brought to his ministry an overwhelming
spirit of charity and compassion, acting from vision and enlightenment
in conducting his administrative and spiritual duties, while always
displaying the highest standards of personal and professional integrity
and dedication; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
WHEREAS, The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, New York, was
organized in 1953 as the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg; one of
the first acts of this founding church was to duly ordain The Reverend
Clarence Norman, Sr. as Pastor; and
WHEREAS, As a result of 60 years of faithful and dedicated service by
The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. the First Baptist Church of Crown
Heights, New York, consists of a congregation of more than 2,000
members; and
WHEREAS, A multifaceted and caring individual with extensive training
and commitment in areas that affect the community, The Reverend Clarence
Norman, Sr., in addition to his service as Pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Crown Heights, New York, also serves as a Protestant Chaplain
for the State of New York Division of Parole; in the past, he has also
served as: Chaplain for the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation;
Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Law and Social Justice
of Medgar Evers College; Chairman of the Orange Housing Authority,
Orange, New Jersey; and Chairman of the First Baptist Church of Crown
Heights Housing and Development Corporation; and
WHEREAS, In addition, in 1987 Reverend Norman founded the Local Devel-
opment Corporation of Crown Heights; through the Local Development
Corporation, he has helped develop more than 800 units of housing for
senior citizens and low income families; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in 1959 from Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey; he holds
both a Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Religion degree from
Howard University, Washington, D.C.; he also attended St. John's
University, Jamaica, New York, for Graduate Study in Public School

Administration; he was awarded State Certification as Principal of
Secondary School in 1969; and
WHEREAS, Because of his deep commitment to the youth of the community,
The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. has served as Director of the John
Edward Bruce Day Care Center, and as a teacher of Social Studies, Dean,
and Assistant Principal of the Whitelaw Reid Junior High School, Brook-
lyn, New York; he also was a teacher of Social Studies at the Nathaniel
Macon Junior High School; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his professional achievements and education,
The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. has received numerous special awards
and honors, including the 1969-1970 Parish Ministry Fellowship by the
Fund for Theological Education, Princeton, New Jersey; he is the Recipi-
ent of the First Annual Ecumenical Award from the National Conference of
Christians and Jews; in addition, he is certified as an accredited Resi-
dent Manager by the Institute for Real Estate Management; in June 2002,
EBONY MAGAZINE honored The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. as a "Great
Black Father" at an awards luncheon for distinguished fathers and sons
who have followed in their paths; and
WHEREAS, Born on April 30, 1930, in Goldsboro, North Carolina, The
Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. and his lovely wife, Ellen, are the proud
parents of five children; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention it is
appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend that indi-
vidual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr. of the First Baptist
Church of Crown Heights, New York, upon the occasion of his 60th Pasto-
ral Anniversary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Reverend Clarence Norman, Sr., Senior Pastor, The First
Baptist Church of Crown Heights, New York.

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  • 03 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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