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Larry Norris

Larry R. Norris, a minister for the Community of Christ, was ordained to the office of evangelist in March 2007 at the Community of Christ World Conference, after retiring from twenty-seven years of World Church appointment. For fifteen of those years he served in the Presiding Bishopric, the highest financial council of the church. He was a counselor to the Presiding Bishop, then served as the Presiding Bishop from 1996 to 2007.

Larry became a full-time minister in 1980. His previous assignments included serving as bishop of the Michigan Region, Canada and USA, and bishop in the East Central States Region.

Prior to his full-time ministerial responsibilities, he was the vice president in charge of construction for Norris Brothers, Inc., a family-owned business.

Larry has served in a wide range of church responsibilities. He served on the corporate body and boards of many World Church organizations. He has also served the church locally in youth leadership and administrative responsibilities.

A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Larry attended Lawrence High School and received the honor of “Citizen of the Year” from his fellow students. He received a bachelor of arts degree in business and economics from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, and has done graduate work at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and the St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri.

Larry’s community activities include serving as a board member for Truman Heartland Community Foundation and Independence Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Rotary Club. He previously served on the boards of the American Red Cross and Comprehensive Community Mental Health Foundation and is a former president of the Lawrence, Kansas, Kiwanis Club.

Larry is married to Sharon Kay Gorker Norris. They are the parents of two children: the late Ryan John, and Kamie Janee; and are grandparents to two granddaughters.

Community of Christ International Headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri.

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