Rev. Johnny Ray Noble, Ph.D is a gifted pastor, passionate leader, social activist, orator, prolific writer, and educator. He is engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice, and committed to economic empowerment in under-served communities. For over 24 years in ministry, he has touched and transformed the lives of the disenfranchised.
Born in Houston Texas, Pastor Noble was educated in the area public schools. Embracing his leadership ability early in life, he served as class president of Kashmere High School senior class of 1993. Attaining the rank of Captain, Pastor Noble honed his leadership skills with a stellar career in the United States Army spanning ten years. Sensing a call for greater service and preparation, he left the Army in 2002 to pursue full time pastoral ministry and doctoral studies. He earned a BSOE with honors in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University, a MA in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Cornerstone University.
In 1991 at the age of 16, Pastor Noble answered the call to ministry under the tutelage and leadership of Dr. F.D. Sampson, Sr. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. Under God's direction, he has pastored for 19 years at five churches in Texas and Louisiana. Since 2008, Pastor Noble has served as the visionary and innovative pastor of Second Nazareth Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Under his servant leadership, SNBC has grown spiritually and numerically within its ministries, membership and facilities. Seating over 1,000 worshipers, SNBC new state of the art sanctuary and weekly radio broadcast ministers to thousands statewide.
Leading the church to adopt the mantra, "The Church in The Heart of The Community, With the Community in it's Heart," Pastor Noble sees Second Nazareth as a key stakeholder in the Edgewood Community. Serving as the CEO of The Edgewood Foundation, a non-profit established by Second Nazareth Baptist Church, he acquired the property and renovated its current headquarters. One of his goals is to inspire others to join him in addressing 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 an Assistant Professor of Religion at Allen University and Board Member for the Richland County Library.
Most importantly, Pastor Noble is a Man of God, with his finger on the pulse of the Church and her role in society. Known affectionately as the "Preaching Machine" by his members, he stirs 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. Pastor Noble "preaches to reach each"-mixing his sermons with language and events to reach the young and young at heart alike. 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.