Long-serving senior pastors Trevor
and Joyce Pimlott
will be handing over responsibilities to Jon
and Chantel Norman
on July 6.
Trevor said: “We are excited and expectant about the great things that God is going to do in our city through this new venture. We believe that as we enter a new era and continue to move forward we need to pass on the baton to the next generation.”
Jon is originally from Norwich
and ran the hugely successful Wildlife youth club
at the former Mount Zion church
(now NFLC) at Heartsease
before moving to Hillsong Leadership College
in Sydney, Australia
in 2002. There he met Chantel, who was born in Los Angeles, California
and they married in 2006.
The couple served on the pastoral leadership team at Hillsong Cape Town
in South Africa
for six years, Jon as the associate pastor and Chantel as the worship director. They have a two-year old daughter, Miracle-Joy
, born in Cape Town.
As a family they felt the strong call of God at the beginning of 2014 to pioneer a church in Norwich and were released and supported by Hillsong Church to that endeavour.
Jon said: “Over the past few months we have been travelling and seeking God as to where he would have us build a church. After much prayer and consideration we are pleased to announce we have been appointed as Senior Pastors of Norwich Family Life Church
(NFLC) and are launching a brand new church on July 6 under the name 'SOUL church'
“As a family we are bursting with vision and expectation for everything God has in store for Norwich and beyond.
“We believe this is an amazing God-given opportunity to be handed such a significant church with such a rich heritage, resources, but most of all such an incredible group of people to take us into the future. We look forward to working alongside the many other great churches in Norwich and we truly believe that together we can see our city turn to Jesus.
“We want to honour pastors Trevor and Joyce and the Pimlott
family for the remarkable church they have built over the past 50 years. We assure everyone who has been a part of NFLC that we will always esteem in the highest regard the heritage which has been laid. We now have the amazing privilege of standing on their shoulders as we continue to build on their legacy.
“On Sunday July 6 we will be having a special night to honour Trevor and Joyce and the Pimlott family and to celebrate 50 years of God's faithfulness to the Church.”
Weekly gatherings will begin on May 27, 7pm at Starbucks, St Stephens
in Norwich city centre.
“These evenings will be a great opportunity for us to connect, build community and to share our heart around the vision of SOUL Church with one another,” said Jon.
SOUL Church will be officially launching on Sunday July 13 at 11am and 5pm, Mason Road, Norwich.
Pictured above are Jon, Chantel and Miracle-Joy Norman.