Christian Leaders Respond to Perry Noble’s Firing from NewSpring Church as Pastor Over ‘Overuse of Alcohol’

Perry Noble of NewSpring Church Photo courtesy of NewSpring Church
Perry Noble of NewSpring Church
Photo courtesy of NewSpring Church

The Rev. Perry Noble, who started NewSpring Church nearly 20 years ago, is no longer its senior pastor.

Early in Sunday’s 9:15 a.m. service, Executive Pastor Shane Duffey announced that Noble had been removed as pastor on July 1, after the NewSpring board of directors had “made a difficult and painful decision” to make a change.

Duffey said the termination by the state’s largest and richest church came after Noble “had made unfortunate choices,” and that the board members had confronted Noble on numerous occasions regarding his use of alcohol.

The announcement came three days after a closed-door, unscheduled meeting of church officials that fueled rumors throughout the community that the 45-year-old Noble was at odds with church hierarchy.

Noble, in a statement read by Duffey, said “I wish this were a joke, and part of a sermon illustration, but it is true.”

He also confirmed an “overuse of alcohol,” in the statement, adding that he has “come to depend on alcohol instead of Jesus.” He also said that there was no infidelity or abuse in his marriage.

“No one is more disappointment in me than I am in myself,” said Noble, the only senior pastor in the 16-year history of the church.

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SOURCE: Gannett
Abe Hardesty

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