La Jolla’s Rev. Charles Norris extends his heart to live life to the fullest


Rev. Charles (Chuck) Norris earned a MBA from Arizona State University, along with a B.S. in Business, Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a Global Leadership Certificate from American International School of Management at Thunderbird. Theologically, he trained at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago Baptist Institute, Fuller Seminary, and is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Among his honors are Motorola’s CEO Award for Volunteerism, Black Data Processing Associates’ Member of the Year, and he was recognized as Public Policy Director for the Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce. Before his appointment to Prince Chapel in December 2010, Rev. Norris had successful careers as an information technologist and a development director.

He is a director for La Jolla Kiwanis Club and United African American Ministerial Action Council, and also volunteers on La Jolla Elementary School’s Technology Committee. He and his wife, Tracy, have four children — Arienne, Megan, Deven and Dilyn.

What brought you to La Jolla?

A new opportunity in my career. My religious denomination, African Methodist Episcopal (AME), brought me to La Jolla as Senior Pastor of Prince Chapel by the Sea AME Church.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

Pedestrian safety. Frequently, vehicles in the Village fail to yield to pedestrians crossing the street. I would love see people more aware of pedestrians entering the crosswalks.

Who or what inspires you?

Definitely, my wife, Tracy, and my children. I’m inspired by their sacrifices that allow me to be a Pastor.

f you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, John Coltrane, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and my mother.

What are you currently reading?

“An Officer and a Spy,” by Robert Harris.

What is it you most dislike?

The exploitation of people.

What is your most-prized possession?

Cloth brought back from Ghana by my great aunt.

What do you do for fun?

Play competitive basketball, cooking/grilling for my family, and listening to jazz

What is your philosophy of life?

Do the best with what you have and enjoy it.

What would be your dream vacation?

Around the world in 80 days with the Norris family.