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Rev. Dr. Derrick Noble (photo ...
Rev. Dr. Derrick Noble (photo by Troy Tieuel)
Seeking to unite generations, the Rev. Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble wrote children and adult versions of his
new book to affirm that God is the source of hope for every era and situation.
The book for adults is entitled, 'Jesus, the Hope of Every Generation' and the one for youth is 'Hip Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad.'
"Each biblically based chapter offers insight on the good and bad of contemporary culture, with the goal of building bridges between baby boomers, the hip hop generation (my age group), and teenagers and children of the new millennium," said Dr. Noble, the pastor of Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.
"In Chapter 4, 'Glad For Salvation,' I discuss Jesus' meeting with Zaccheus, a known thief and traitor to his
race, and how that meeting with a non-judgmental Jesus, in a crowd of judgmental church-folks, transformed Zaccheus' life for the better," noted Dr. Noble
, who added, "If Jesus was willing to love all people regardless of their issues, then why can't we?
"The youth version of the book takes it a step further and lifts up some real life success stories such as Michael Eric Dyson, Michelle Obama, and Michelle Alexander
"The book shows how these people have been willing to go beyond their own comfort zones and make a difference in the lives of others."
While the values in the book appear directed mainly to Christians, Dr. Noble
is finding that non-believers benefit from reading it as well.
These are man-made rules that I believe have absolutely nothing to do with the love of Jesus," said Dr. Noble
"I think this book will create lots of dialogue, which I believe is a healthy thing.
My ultimate hope is that it will cause grandparents, parents and children to actually talk to one another and see that we have much more in common with other generations than we may think."
Crenshaw United Methodist Church
will host a book-signing by Pastor Noble
on Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m., at 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles.
A native of Little Rock, AR, Pastor Noble
is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church
He graduated from the historic Central High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Angelo State University, a Master of Divinity degree at Morehouse School of Religion, and Doctor of Ministry at Ashland Theological Seminary.
next book, 'Praise Break,' is set for release in 2014 and he
is completing a third book entitled 'Mad Enough To Cuss: Biblical Strategies for Handling Anger.' Both are published by Abingdon Press
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Derrick has served as a Senior Pastor and a denominational leader, and is highly sought after as a revivalist, keynote speaker, and seminar leader.
In the corporate world, he
has presented on topics as diverse as peak performance, customer service, educational excellence, and leadership in the workplace.
From March 2006 until June 2008, Derrick served as Pastor of the Abundant Life United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas (Houston area).
leadership, the Abundant Life family won the prestigious Copeland Award for Evangelism (2007), awarded to the 5 fastest growing churches in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Abundant Life baptized more people and added more new members than any other church in the East District and went from being in debt to being 100% financially sound in less than one year!
In June 2008, Derrick became founding pastor of Impact United Methodist Church of Port Arthur, TX - "a church for people like you."
Derrick was asked by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie to serve as one of 10 members of the Black Church Transformation Task Force for the Texas Annual Conference, a group charged with the responsibility of helping Black churches to grow to their full potential and stem the tide of decline.
Derrick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in English with a double minor in Psychology and Speech Communication from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas and a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Morehouse School of Religion (Interdenominational Theological Center) in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated valedictorian of his class.
On May 3, 2008, Derrick successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and was awarded the Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree in Black Church Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.
professors/mentors during his
doctoral studies were some of the world's most respected theological scholars, including Drs.
by Dr. Derrick Lewis Noble
by Dr. Derrick Lewis Noble
Pastor Derrick Noble, left, ...
Pastor Derrick Noble, left, and Youth Minister Jermale Eddie are anxious to begin their ministry in Port Arthur when Impact United Methodist Church holds its first service on January 11.
Growing up in Little Rock, Ark., Derrick Noble
wanted to be a minister.
What became his
lifelong goal, however, was at the expense of constant chiding because of his
"I had a real bad speech impediment growing up," Noble
"So you can imagine when I was in third grade, and I knew that preaching was really what God wanted me to do; everybody laughed.
It was a really, serious stutter, and I could barely talk.
"To make a long story short, here it is, years later and people can't shut me up," Noble
Upon graduating from high school, Noble took an interest in political science and aspired for a career in politics, working as an intern for then-Gov.
then followed up his
foray into politics with seminary school at Morehouse College
"After that, I became a youth pastor for 12 years, while working on my Ph.D. before becoming a senior pastor," Noble said.
"And that took me to Grand Rapids, Mich."
It was there at New Hope Baptist Church where Noble met a young student from nearby Grand Valley State University, who had happened into his church by "complete accident."
"I was sleeping on a Sunday, and suddenly my phone rang and someone on the other line said, "Hey Jermale, are you coming to church today?"
Jermale Eddie said.
"Now, there was another Jermale on campus, and I think they looked in the student directory and called the wrong one.
Either way I didn't know the guy but I got up, went down, met him, went to church and that's where I first heard Derrick
What attracted me to him and the church was his
teaching, not necessarily his
The two struck a friendship in Michigan, and when Noble
received an opportunity to head back down south to Texas, the two parted with a condition to reunite, if the right opportunity arose.
Noble began working with the United Methodist Church as senior pastor at Abundant Life United Methodist Church, where he had pastored for two years before getting another call to come to Port Arthur.
"When the First Presbyterian Church folded here in Port Arthur, Bishop Janice Huie bought the building for $2 million," Noble
told me that she
had an opportunity she
wanted me to consider here in Port Arthur."
took to the task, but recalled his
condition with Eddie and contacted his
friend in Michigan.
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