Each year, Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church publicly recognizes the outstanding service of a Winston-Salem citizen. This year, the honor went to Patricia D. Norris, chief of Winston-Salem State University police, and a lifelong resident of the city.
The 500-member Ephesus congregation saluted Chief Norris for her legacy of dedicated public service. She was selected because of her more than three decades of exemplary leadership in Winston-Salem.
Before joining WSSU, Norris was the city’s first African American police chief. The church believes that her vision and interest in improving police-community relations have left an indelible mark on the city.
The trailblazer and community servant accepted the award with her characteristic humility.
For more than 110 years, Ephesus has been part of the Winston-Salem community, for 25 of those years the church has sat at its current North Cleveland Avenue location. The parishioners have seen significant change during that time and applaud Chief Norris and those like her who commit themselves to meaningful civic leadership.