About Robert Norris
Dr. Robert Norris stepped down Senior Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland where he served from 1984 until 2015. Following a year long sabbatical he has returned to Fourth Church as the Teaching Pastor. His new role involves teaching at the church, at Reformed Theological Seminary D.C and an expanded international teaching ministry and allows more time to devote to the World Reformed Fellowship where he serves as the Chairman of the Board.
He and his wife Caren have 5 children – two daughters and three sons.
Born in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, United Kingdom, Dr. Norris began to preach in small churches in Wales as a teenager. He holds degrees from Kings College, (BA) London, and St. Andrews, Scotland (M.Th., Ph.D). Ordained jointly by the Presbyterian Church of Wales and United Reformed Church of England and Wales, Dr. Norris served as Assistant Minister at The City Temple, London, Chaplain to the City of London University, and also as Chaplain to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. While in London Dr. Norris served as the Theological Traveling Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students and edited the journal, Themelios.
From 1981-84 he served as Executive Pastor of Program at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, California. Dr. Norris has served as an adjunct professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary, teaching courses in Theology and Church History. He has traveled and taught history and doctrine in seminaries in Ukraine, Malta, Japan, and Sudan. He has served on the founding board of The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.