Ed.D., Vanderbilt University (Peabody College)
Dr. James Norwood has been an Associate Professor of Christian Counseling in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry since 1996. He was highly influenced by the late Chancellor Oral Roberts' discussions concerning the merging of prayer and medicine, and felt led to come to ORU. He embraces the concept of the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Norwood grew up in the rural south, the third of six children, where he lived with his mother and father. As a child, he had a strong ambition to improve his life and move away to the north. He received a B.S. in biology from Alcorn State University, a Master of Divinity degree in theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.A. in clinical psychology from Fisk University, and a Doctor of Education degree in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University (Peabody College). Since then, he also completed an M.A. in biblical literature from ORU.
Prior to coming to ORU, he taught band music, mathematics, science, and biology in public schools in Liberty, MS; South Bend, IN; and Louisville, KY, respectively. He also taught Bible, Greek, and theology at American Baptist College in Nashville, TN, and Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville for a total of 12 years, and also taught psychology at Jefferson Community College in Louisville. He has served as a pastor and a chaplain, and has extensive experience in professional counseling. He is passionate about correct interpretation of Scripture and its relationship to psychology and counseling.
Among the experiences that helped to shape him personally and professionally, Dr. Norwood counts pastoring three churches, teaching in public schools, community colleges and Bible colleges, and his marriage. Two books that helped to shape his life were Out of my Life and Thought, by Albert Schweitzer, which he read in the summer of 1965. The other is Christianity and Healing by Thomas Kelsey. He has been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and looks to the Holy Spirit for daily guidance.
Dr. Norwood is active in his local church, where he is an associate minister of the First Baptist Church of North Tulsa. He also serves as the ministerial coordinator of the prayer ministry, teaches Sunday school, and plays the organ. He and his wife Laura of 45 years have five children and eleven grandchildren. His favorite pastimes are reading, swimming, hiking, and playing organ and piano - especially hymns, anthems, spirituals, and classics.