Staff Directory

Debra Norris
Communications/Missions Assistant
ext. 113


Debra Norris began as Communications/Missions Assistant at Ardmore Baptist Church in October 1995. Debra has been a member of Ardmore Baptist Church since October, 1992.

Born in Clovis, NM, Debra made her first move at the age of 3 months, living the life of an Air Force dependent in North Carolina, England, California, Florida, Okinawa, and Panama. She graduated from Kubasaki High School on Okinawa and then from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Nursing. Debra has worked as an RN in medical and surgical cardiac units in Columbia, SC; Durham, NC; Pittsburgh, PA; Fayetteville, NC; New Bern, NC, and Winston-Salem, NC. Before being appointed as a missionary, she attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She was with the International Mission Board for nine years, serving as a Nurse Educator at the Baptist School of Allied Health Sciences in Gaza City, Gaza.

Debra is single, has three sisters and brothers-in law, and adores her four nephews and three nieces. Winston-Salem became “home” after returning from Gaza and her parents moved here when her father retired from the pastorate. One sister, her husband, and their baby moved here shortly thereafter – they now have two beautiful little girls. All attend Ardmore Baptist Church.

From Debra:

I love spending time with my family, playing golf, and reading.

I am inspired by listening (and watching) the faith journeys of others who seek to follow Christ daily wherever they are.

As early as age 5, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. Many years later, I felt that God had something “particular” for me to do. Serving in Gaza was the result of that time of seeking and following. After returning from Gaza, I worked as a nurse at Baptist. I felt a strong “nudge” to apply for an open position here – one totally unrelated nursing. It just seemed “right”. Later, I took the Basic Parish Nurse course, and also serve as the volunteer Faith Community Nurse since then.

My biggest heroes are my parents. My dad retired from the Air Force after 23 years of service to answer God’s call into the ministry. Not only did he give up a promotion to the highest rank he could achieve, but he went back to college and then seminary to fulfill that call. He taught me to have my priorities in order, and that with God by my side, nothing is impossible. My mother is affectionately known by her children as Saint Helen. She models God’s unconditional love for us and her heart is tuned to God, learning and growing in His grace. Gaza Mission colleagues Stacy Patterson Stone and Nancie Wingo were my family in Gaza. Our Bible studies, prayer times, and fellowship strengthened my faith under very difficult circumstances. I praise God for the bond He gave us.

Not many people know that while in High School I sang and played guitar as the youngest member of a band, “The New Trend”. Four of us travelled all over the island of Okinawa, singing at military bases, in churches, and anywhere else we were invited. We won the island-wide Best Christian Folk Group contest. The highlight was being the opening group for a full weekend of concerts with Andre Crouch and the Disciples. The closing concert was at my school with almost 1,000 students/teachers present.