Tommie Norman, spirit filled evangelist and founder of Tommie Norman Ministries grew up in southern Michigan in a family were there was plenty of love, but very little knowledge of God. Early in her parent’s marriage alcohol began to take it’s toll, and over time ,Tommie’s father became an alcoholic. Although the family remained intact, the pain of his addiction and the devastation it caused in the home was great. As a teenager, Tommie began to experiment with both alcohol and drugs and quickly found herself caught in the same bondage of addiction as her father. There seemed to be no way out of the darkness and hopelessness that overwhelmed their lives. Little did they know that at this their darkest hour God was about to break in!
And break in He did! Everything changed when Tommie’s mother went to visit a local Assembly of God church. She was not consciously looking for God, rather she intended to express her appreciation to a layman in the church who had visited Tommie’s father in the hospital.
She had no intention of becoming a Christian, no intention of a spiritual awakening, no thought that this was a God ordained appointment that would set the course for a new day in her family! Indeed, it was the beginning of a spiritual journey that would forever change their destiny and a Calling that would be multigenerational in scope.
Paula Smith, Tommie’s mom was the first one in the family to be saved. A little over a year later, Sam Smith, Tommie’s father wasgloriously saved and delivered from alcohol. He answered the call to the ministry, becoming an ordained minister.