Rev. Dr. Robert S. Norris
The Reverend Dr. Robert S. Norris serves as pastor and head of staff at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Bob was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in American History and Philosophy in 1976 at Bloomsburg State College, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey where he received three degrees, a Master of Divinity in 1979, a Master of Theology in 1985 and his Doctor of Ministry in 2004.
Dr. Norris was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in July of 1979 and became Associate Pastor at The First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His next position was as an Associate Pastor at The Presbyterian Church in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. Dr. Norris later became Executive Pastor of the 4,500 member Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. In 1995 he was called as the Senior Pastor, Head of Staff of the 2,200 member Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. In April of 2004, Dr. Norris became the Pastor and Head of Staff at the Royal Poinciana Chapel.
Dr. Norris is passionate about pastoral ministry. “There is nothing that excites and motivates me more than ministering to the people of God’s calling. There is nothing that delights me more than being the husband of Debbie Norris, and Dad to Megan.” Bob and Debbie Norris have been married for 28 years. Their daughter Megan is a junior at The Lawrenceville School in NJ. Bob’s hobbies and pastime activities include travel, landscape gardening, tennis, golf and swimming. He is a member of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida, the Palm Beach Rotary Club and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Lord’s Place, a center and advocate of hope for homeless men, women and families in West Palm Beach, Florida
Bob is an inspired preacher, a dynamic worship leader and has proven experience in large church administration. He enjoys preaching and teaching in a church setting. He is energized by social outreach and mission, the spiritual nurture of congregations and imagining new forms of ministry. His goal in ministry is with God’s help, to cultivate an environment, where the delight expressed among friends in faith is so appealing that its natural outgrowth causes others to notice and ask about where it comes; where the scriptures of the Old and New Testament and the Gospels proclaimed captivate, challenge, inform and inspire people to hope filled, joyous Godly living; and where forgiveness is the hallmark of one’s personal experience, and where God’s love and grace is made real.
Board of Directors
Mr. H. Mitchell Watson
Vice President / Treasurer
Mr. Dudley L. Moore, Jr.
Mr. Michael L. Ainslie
Mr. Donald Dizney
Mrs. Betsy K. Matthews
Mrs. Margie McCloskey
Dr. Lloyd Mims
Mr. Cater Randolph
Worship, Music and the Arts Ministry Team
Because worship lies at the heart and the forefront of the life of the Royal Poinciana Chapel the Worship, Music and the Arts Ministry Team will take as its guiding principle a commitment to strong, faithful worship and preaching in the Reformed tradition, whether on a Sunday morning or in a special seasonal services. In logistical terms, the provision of services of worship involves people: greeters, ushers and communion servers, singers and musicians, lay participants and pastor who lead the people in worship of God. Paramount to this is that the Chapel’s worship and music programs be the force that is God given and divinely inspired to move the faith community forward in our faith journey.
The Adult Spiritual Development Ministry Team
The Adult Spiritual Development Ministry Team in conjunction with developing the Chapel’s Center for Spiritual Inquiry (CSI) will have the primary task of developing courses and selecting instructors. Plans envision 100, 200 and 300 Level Courses, topics expected in Bible, Theology, Arts and Literature and Practical Christianity taught by local as well as guest faculty, renowned pastors and noted theologians.
The Children’s and Youth Ministry Team
The Children’s and Youth Ministry Team with the Youth Director is responsible for the Chapel’s spiritual development and Christian education for children and youth up through fifth grade. Throughout the year, the committee will establish and monitor guidelines that enable parents and teachers to know what factual knowledge about faith children should know at each grade level. The committee also oversees the formation of a program for parents and their children.
The Congregational Care Ministry Team
The Congregational Care Ministry Team works within the framework of the ministry of the Chapel to provide confidential care to those facing life’s spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges. A sub group of the care team prayerfully intercedes for and supports those facing illness, hospitalization and the loss of loved ones. Using Chapel and community resources, the ministry team responds to real-life needs through lay-led care teams supported by the Chapel’s professional staff and the pastor.
The Hospitality Ministry Team
The Hospitality Ministry Team provides a ministry of hospitality and information to people who are seeking a church home in the Chapel. From the time a person makes a decision to cross the threshold of the sanctuary to his or her decision to become a member and get involved in the life of the church, the Hospitality Team will be ready to open doors, to walk with that person and provide an encouraging word or a nudge in the right direction.
The “Hands – On” Outreach Ministry Team
The Outreach Ministry Team is committed to the Christian tradition of reaching out to a world in need with various hand’s on endeavors and activities and with the energetic work of the Chapel members and mission volunteers. St. George’s Food Kitchen, a developing project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, congregational collections in collaboration with Samaritan’s Purse and Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach are annual efforts to mobilize the larger congregation in specific ways of helping those in need. In an effort to familiarize the congregation with the people who organize outreach and to encourage members to volunteer, an Outreach Fair is held annually in February.
The Benevolence Ministry Team
The Benevolence Ministry Team has the role and responsibility of directing Chapel funds and a portion of the proceeds from the Christmas Boutique annually to social service organizations and partnering ministries specifically located in the Palm Beach County area.
The Royal Poinciana Chapel Scholarship Ministry Team
The Chapel Scholarship Ministry Team has the distinct pleasure and unique privilege of stewarding and awarding from 20 named and endowed Royal Poinciana Chapel scholarship funds along with other accumulated and donated funds for this purpose, financial grants to leading students that are enrolled and excel in various pre-professional undergraduate programs of local colleges and universities. Spring time interviews with students establish the type and amount of the scholarship grant and a later fall appearance in worship and luncheon introduces awarded students to the congregation.
The Property Ministry Team
The Property Ministry Team serves the mission of the Chapel by ensuring our facilities are welcoming and inviting, cleaned, properly maintained and efficiently scheduled and utilized.
The Christmas Boutique Ministry Team
The Christmas Boutique Ministry Team has historically been the strong advocate and supporting arm of the Chapel’s annual scholarship and benevolence outreach. The Christmas Boutique raises the majority of annual revenue that is dedicated to student scholarship allocations and availing money that is given to neighboring agencies and local mission organizations. The Boutique Ministry Team coordinates the largest number of volunteers for any single ministry event each year.
The Chapel Investment Ministry Team
The Chapel Investment Ministry Team with the assistance of professional investment consultants oversees the Chapel’s endowment consisting of the Samuel Lindsay Fund and The Chapel Scholarship Fund, the Minister’s Retirement Fund other invested assets of the Chapel. This group with the advice of the Benevolence Ministry Team and concurrence with the Board of Directors as directed by the approved Policies and Procedures for Investment exercises the authority to receive, hold, manage, and transfer the Chapel’s accumulated endowed fund assets.
The Stewardship Ministry Team
The Stewardship Ministry Team is charged to develop an approach to holistic stewardship and the promotion of congregation wide personal involvement and financial investment in the annual ministry, mission and Chapel operations. With a view toward greater involvement and increasing investment in the life of the Chapel, a congregational information data base will be established, maintained and utilized to better connect interests, gifts and needs.
The Planned Giving Ministry Team
The Planned Giving Ministry Team works to encourage members and friends to include the Chapel in their estate planning, and the creation of a Chapel Legacy Association, which is the designation for those who have indicated they have remembered the Chapel in their estate plans, life insurance policies and/or work benefits.