Rev. Johnny Ray Noble, Ph.D, is a gifted pastor, passionate leader, social activist, orator, prolific writer, and educator. He answered the call to ministry at the tender age of sixteen. He is engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice, and committed to economic empowerment in under-served communities. He has touched and transformed the lives of the disenfranchised through military service and 27 years of ministry in diverse locations.
As the Senior Pastor of Second Nazareth, Columbia, South Carolina (NAZ) he empowers people to walk toward personal progress in their spiritual relationship with God and others. Known affectionately as the "Preaching Machine" by his members, SNBC has grown spiritually and numerically within its ministries, membership, facilities, and weekly radio broadcast which ministers to thousands statewide. His involvement in the Columbia community and service on various boards and commissions has earned him respect as “the people’s pastor”.
He has earned a BSOE with honors in Business Management, a MA in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Currently, he is pursuing a D.Min at South University. He maintains a solid faithfulness to the Scriptures and encourages Christians not to allow religious doctrine or tradition to eclipse positive change in their lives.
Most importantly, Pastor Noble is a child of God concerned with “equipping the saints” for ministry– developing clergy, leaders, and laity to serve this present age.