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The great vision of Adventism in Norwalk began in 1957.  Elder Eldridge Chapman a member of Calvary SDA Church in Bridgeport was introduced to Lionel Clark Sr. and his wife Evelyn. Following biblical study the Clark’s were baptized and became members of the Calvary SDA church.  But the burden to begin spreading the message within the Norwalk area was great.  This small group began to offer bible studies to adults and story hour for the children right in the Clark’s living room in Roodner court. Over the next several years many families in the community participated and learned about the great love of Jesus. Eventually this group became large enough to begin a branch Sabbath school.

In 1964 Elder Chapman and Sister Clark began that Branch Sabbath School in the Roodner Court Laundry room. From this vision a pathfinder club was introduced. Believers such as Brother and Sister Clark, Bro. Robert Morgan, and Sister Darlene Dawson worked diligently in the Norwalk vineyard.

In 1966 The Norwalk SDA mission was established. However, they soon outgrew that laundry room in Roodner court and through the influence of Brother Lionel Clark Sr. were able to conduct services in the Nathaniel Ely School auditorium. 
In 1969, the executive committee of the North Eastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventist voted to have this mission become a church. While continuing to worship in the Nathaniel Ely School, the organization service took place on December 5, 1969. The charter member of the Norwalk Seventh Day Adventist Church are:

Elderidge Chapman Sharon Howard
Mittie Chapman 
Charles E. Parker
Bernette D. Clark 
Phyllis Parker
Evelyn E. Clark 
Louise Phillips
Karen M. Clark Essie Ray
Lionel Clark Sr Ella Ross
Lionel Clark Jr Edith Sharp
Mathew Clark
Samuel Sharp
Reginald Clark
Pauline Trammel
Robin Clark Goldie Turner
Darlene Dawson John Turner
Dorothy Dawson
Joyce Turner
Loretta Dawson
Monroe Turner
David Edward Sr Devon Vereen
Laura Edwards
Vernia Vereen
Josephine Hargrett
Victoria Wholley
Willie Mae Williams-Whitbeck  

 
                            
                              
                              
                                                                  
                                    
                                    
                                     
                                     
                                   
                                         
                                 
                                
                                  
                                 
                                    
                          

 





In late 1974 Pastor James Lamar and his family came to Norwalk and served as the first pastor Norwalk Church could truly call it’s own. Following Pastor Lamar’s dedication to the Norwalk church Pastor Farrell Jones came to Norwalk with an energy and exuberance that rivaled none. In May of 1979 the Lord guided the Norwalk church into the purchase of the facility at 101 south main street. Before the churches official move in December 1979 Pastor Jones left to attend Andrews University, never quite having the opportunity to minister to the flock of the Norwalk Church in it’s new building.
 
Over the years along with Pastor Lamar and Pastor Jones Norwalk church has been blessed to be led by pastor Carlyle Langhorn, Jerome James, Kenneth Green Sr, Fitzroy Jackson, Lawrence Mason, the late George St John, Rudolph Peters and Henoc Paulicin Sr.
 
While serving as the Pastor of the Norwalk Church, Pastor Rudolph Peters leading with the vision of many that came before him guided the Church into a major renovation in August of 2003. This brought with it many challenges, obstacles, frustration and blessings. We were even lead back to the place where Norwalk Seventh Day Adventist church began—the auditorium of the Nathaniel Ely School. With almost four years of prayer, diligent work, the guidance of Brother Winston McKenzie, the advice of Pastor Henoc Paulicin Sr. and the blessings of our Lord we have returned home.  And we must say there is no place like home.  There is still much work to be done.  However, as the work continues our goal is to work within the community with a renewed spirit, God’s guidance and a song in our hearts.  “We’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord.”