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Reverend Johnny Ray Noble, Ph.D, Pastor

"Love is the most transforming power in the world."

Pastor Johnny Ray Noble, is a young man on fire for God and is blessed with tremendous gifts to minister to His people. He was called into the Gospel Ministry in 1991, at the age of 16. He was licensed in 1993, by Dr. Franklin D. Sampson, Sr. and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Houston, TX). He was ordained by the late Dr. Lenzo V. Scott and the Ellen Burr Baptist Church (Leesville, LA) in 2002, where he also served as pastor. Pastor Noble served in the United States Army for over ten years and resigned his commission as a Captain in order to pursue full time ministry. Currently, Pastor Noble is the proud pastor of the Second Nazareth Baptist Church (Columbia, SC).

More importantly, Pastor Noble is a Man of God, with his finger on the pulse of the Church and her role in society. He believes the Church is the agent for healing in the world, reconciliation, and peace through showing love for Christians and those who are not in a relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. He believes in stirring the social conscience of hearers, and believes people must be touched where they are to be moved to action as a result of hearing the message. He preaches to reach each member of the church, mixing his sermons with language and events to reach the young and young at heart alike.

Pastor Noble has been involved in ministries throughout the nation. He is a champion and advocate of youth causes and is the president and founder of Chosen Generation Ministries, an organization devoted to, “preparing our youth to face the challenges of a changing world.” He was active in the New Light Missionary Baptist and Educational District Association (Rev. Robert Owens, Lake Charles, LA, Moderator) as a member of the Executive Board, Youth Minister, and Special Assistant to the Moderator. He is a former member of the Louisiana Home and Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention, Inc. (Dr. Samuel Tolbert, Lake Charles, LA, President). He has served as Dean of the Elm Grove District Association (Rev. A.E. Cleaver, Fort Worth, TX, Moderator) and has served on the Baptist Training Union Board of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas (Dr. G.V. Clark, Austin, TX, President) and is a member of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., Intl. (Dr. Stephen J. Thurston, Chicago, IL, President). Pastor Noble currently serves as the secretary of the Pastoral Board (National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Intl.)

Academically, Pastor Noble has earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Wayland Baptist University, Masters of Arts in Theology (M.Th), and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology (M.A.C.C.) from Cornerstone University in Lake Charles, LA. He possesses a Doctor of Arts in Theology (Th.D) and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling Psychology (Ph.D) from Cornerstone University. Pastor Noble also serves as registrar and professor of Clinical Christian Counseling Psychology and Theology at Cornerstone University.

Professionally, Pastor Noble is also a Licensed Pastoral Counselor (advanced certification) with the National Christian Counselors Association (N.C.A.A., Sarasota, FL) and a Clinical Supervisor. He is also a Commissioned Clinical Pastoral Counselor with the Inter-Faith Baptist Convention (Pasadena, TX).

Pastor Noble is also the author of two religious publications, “Answering the Call: A Study in the Art of Preaching”, and “The Preaching Papers: An Anthology of Preaching.” He is a contributing writer in the bi-monthly publication Pastor’s Journal. He is Executive Producer of “Second Nazareth Baptist Church & Friends,” a gospel CD released in February 2012. Fraternally, Pastor Noble is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC. and Worshipful Master of Leesville Temple Lodge #128. He is also a lifetime member of the N.A.A.C.P.

Pastor Noble sees Second Nazareth as a key stakeholder in the Edgewood Community and serves as the CEO of The Edgewood Foundation, a non-profit established by Second Nazareth Baptist Church to address the social ills and disparities of the Edgewood community. He also serves on various boards, commissions, and committees of the City of Columbia and Richland County. An avid proponent of education, Pastor Noble is a Professor of Religion at Allen University as well as a Counselor. He also shares his gifts with several committees at the school.