Resolution J1107-2013

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

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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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