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About Dr. Johnny Ray Noble

About Dr. Johnny Ray Noble

Dr. Johnny Ra Noble

Dr. Johnny Ray Noble
I was born in Houston, Texas, October 6, 1974. My family are originally natives of Belcher, Louisiana and migrated to Houston, Texas at the conclusion of World War II. We are French Creoles by cultural heritage. I often tell people I am "Louexan" because I am a blend of Texas and Louisiana backgrounds. My passion to serve humanity was ignited early in my life. I grew up working with my grandfather and grandmother landscaping yards and providing meals for disabled persons in our church and community. My grandfather and grandmother taught me to always be ready to help those in need, and my mother showed me to give unselfishly. I learned how to share with others by watch my mother literally give someone else the shirt off of her back. I have never forgotten these life lessons and they have shaped my value system.

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".

Dr. Johnny Ra Noble

Dr. Johnny Ray Noble
I am also the CEO and Chair of the Edgewood Foundation, a nonprofit organization I revitalized to provide community awareness and youth development. Each summer we sponsor Camp Funtastik, to provide a safe place for 80-100 young people to sharpen their academic focus in science and math. I continue the educational enrichment for students during the school year through Heart Work Academy an afterschool and tutoring program. I also serve a volunteer with Richland One school district. I participate in Real Men Read, Principal for a Day, and other school sponsored events. I have been a guest speaker at several schools and work with dropout prevention programs at Olympia School. I am also a presenter at Richland One School District's Myrtle Beach annual retreat. I have also forged partnerships with Benedict College and Allen University to provide internships for their students.

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.

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