Bishop Norman Harper
Bishop Norman O. Harper is the Pastor of Kelly Lake Church of God In Christ and the Prelate of the South Central Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He is a native of Lithonia, Georgia (metro Atlanta). At the age of 16, he accepted his call to the ministry and has labored in Pastoral Ministry for 40+ years.
He is married to First Lady Arabella Harper (48 years) and has been blessed with two children, Rodney and Bridgett Harper, along with one grandson Deaunte Harper.
Bishop Harper attended North Carolina College in Durham, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. He earned and Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Saint Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida in September 10, 2006. He also served in the US Army as an Administrative Specialist and was Honorably Discharged.
Bishop Harper has achieved many accomplishments since his entrance into the ministry. As an associate minister, he held the office of Youth pastor, Choir President, and Armor Bearer. In March of 1975, he was appointed to pastor the Fairburn Church of God in Christ by the late General Board Member and Jurisdictional Bishop, Bishop John Dale Husband. In 1982, he obeyed the Lord and moved the church to a sanctuary that seated 250 members in Decatur, GA. The church was renamed it Kelly Lake Church of God in Christ. Within 10 years he was able to erect an edifice that now seats more than 1000. Kelly Lake has 20 outreach ministries that serve the community.
He also served as Bishop C.D. Owens’ Administrative Assistant, Executive Jurisdictional Secretary, Chairman of Program Committee, and YPWW President in the Central Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. During his time within Jurisdiction, the late Bishop Chandler David Owens elevated Bishop Harper to Superintendent of the Fellowship District. He took one church district and grew it to 23 churches in a thirteen year period. On May 4, 2011, he was appointed fourth in succession to lead the historic Central Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. It has since been renamed South Central Georgia Jurisdiction. He is the first to lead the newly named Jurisdiction, consisting of more than ninety churches.