About Dr. Johnny Ray Noble
About Dr. Johnny Ray Noble
I attended public schools in the Houston Area and was the Senior Class President of Kashmere High School Class of 1993. The burden for disenfranchised people was so great in my heart, at the age of 16 I became a Baptist Minister at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, under the tutelage and leadership of Dr. F.D. Sampson, Sr.
I answered the call to serve my country by enlisting in the United States Army, for 10 years and attained the rank of Captain. I graduated with honors with a BSOE in Business Management. Additionally, I have earned a MA in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D in Clinical Counseling Psychology and Theology. I am currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree to be conferred in December 2019.
"Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals." -Ralph Bunche
I see myself as a passionate leader, social activist, and educator. I have committed to fighting against racial injustice and promoting economic empowerment in under-served communities. For almost thirty years in ministry I have touched and transformed the lives of the disenfranchised. I have pastored five Baptist churches in Arizona, Louisiana, Texas and presently Columbia, South Carolina.
I have been a resident of the Columbia Community since September 2008. As the pastor of Second Nazareth Baptist Church I have taken a lead role in revitalizing our community. In 2014, I led the church to complete a new 2.2-million-dollar worship center that seats 1,200 worshippers. I have committed to addressing community concerns and have protested new liquor licenses, gun violence, and championed community development. I have led the church to purchase several plots of land to expand church operations and build affordable housing in our neighborhood. Recently, the church was awarded the only tax credit project in South Carolina to erect a 58-unit apartment complex to help fill critical affordable housing shortages in Columbia. I have a weekly radio ministry on the 101.3 FM, "The Big DM" every Sunday morning at 11 am that reaches listeners in the Midlands and surrounding areas to feed the community with "spiritual nourishment".
I serve on various boards, commissions, and committees of the City of Columbia and Richland County. I have many interests, however, basketball, fitness, reading, writing, and youth development are my passions. I serve as the Chair of the Richland Library which successfully completed a 59-million-dollar capital building campaign. Twelve libraries were renovated and two have been added to the library inventory. As a member of the board of trustees, I was instrumental in the creation of the Edgewood Library established in the Edgewood Community. This action brought library resources to the area where services were nonexistent for over 40 years.
In 2017, I became part owner of the Carolina Cougars, an ABA semi-pro basketball team. As the Vice President and Director basketball operations, I mentored 15 young adult males. These young men went to the division playoffs the in their inaugural year. I assisted two of our players with getting contracts to play professional basketball overseas.
I am also a community partner with Prisma Health. I have participated in community health forums and sponsored free flu shots and health screenings. I am a facilitator for the Healthy Start initiative which assists expectant mothers and their families to connect with community services and resources. I present a one-hour class entitled "Soul Care" designed to educate clients on methods to take care of their spiritual health.