Meet Our Founder
Dr. Terry Norris is Founder of Emerge Ministries. Established in 2015, Emerges home office is located in Beulaville, North Carolina. Dr. Norris now serves as the Executive Director. Emerge is a kingdom building evangelistic organization. His focus is intentional Missiology that results in missions that serve churches and communities restoring values and beliefs, exposing a biblical world view that leads to a lifestyle of success.
At age twenty-seven (27) Terry was a convicted felon suffering from alcoholism, cocaine and heroin addiction who eventually became homeless. Since 1986 he has served in Christ-Centered ministry and secular humanitarian organizations. Terry is an ordained minister. He holds a Masters in Christian Counseling and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Aidan University. He has concentrated studies in Substance Abuse and Addiction. Also, extensive studies on the eight theories of human behavior. Dr. Norris has served on several boards developing processes and procedures in the treatment of Substance Abuse, the mission of evangelism and humanitarian education. He is also a Certified Chaplain through the American Chaplains Association.
As spokesperson for Emerge, he often travels and speaks apologetically on biblical relationships and the role they should play in shaping America culture. His ministry is focused on reconciliation and restoration of unity among individuals for the delivering of a strong Biblical Worldview. He believes that follow up and mentoring is key to longterm success when working with individuals seeking a better life. Establishing assistance that does not include follow-up or mentoring only makes orphans. We must intricately weave together, as one in Christ serving one another, " a threefold cord of evangelism, church, and discipleship". These types of relationships are not quickly broken. Thus, delivering sustainable change in people's lives.
Terry and his wife Judy were raised and continue to live in Eastern North Carolina. Both serve in Emerge Ministries. Terry and Judy enjoy time with their grandchildren and time on the shores of North Carolina. Terry's passion outside of ministry is riding motorcycles and horses. As a lifetime professional musician, he continues to play music regularly as part of"Emerge Live" and eclectic group of musicians that perform concerts for the underserved in communities across the country.
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