The Rev. Morris Stimage-Norwood is from inner city Chicago. With God’s help he overcame a life of drug addiction and was ordained as a Pastor in 1991. For the past 26 years he has worked tirelessly in the church and the field of drug addiction offering hope, help and housing to people afflicted from drug addiction and alcoholism.
In October of 2015 he was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the Liver which led to Liver Cancer. Due to the location of the cancer, resection was not possible. Fortunately, Rev. Morris was led to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For the past 3 years he has been a patient of an outstanding team of physicians whose high quality care has allowed him to continue to pursue his life’s calling as a pastor, husband and father.
In 2017, he was recognized nationally by the American Baptist Home Mission Society with the Edward H. Rhoades Urban Ministry Award, the highest award given by the American Baptist denomination for exceptional effectiveness in urban ministry. Rev. Morris serves as an advisor to both religious and secular agencies in the field of recovery, HIV AIDS and other issues resulting from substance abuse. Rev. Morris has published materials on Christ-centered recovery and is a prolific grant writer.
Rev. Morris is blessed with his lovely wife Jackie, their wonderful children Marcus, Joron, Aren, and Nia and his two grandchildren, Khalon and Nariah Rose.