Perry Noble, the founding and former senior pastor of the popular NewSpring Church in South Carolina who was fired from his job in July for alcoholism and other “unfortunate choices and decisions,” says he is now out of rehab and expects to eventually return to ministry with the help of his therapist.
“I spent 30 days in a treatment facility in Arizona from mid-July until mid-August. Being in that place allowed me to come face to face with issues from my past as well as my current struggle, and placed me in a place to successfully overcome my over medication via alcohol,” Perry said in a message to his followers on Facebook Tuesday.
“I’ll be honest, being in treatment was one of the most difficult things I’ve EVER experienced; however, often times our next steps in life are not easy even though they are the best things for us,” he added.
Addressing questions from fans about his future plans, he said he expects to return to ministry at some point with the help of his therapist, John Walker.
“The best move for me in regards to getting better is to humbly place myself under the authority of someone who I can trust and is qualified to walk me through this next season. As I often say, you can’t do life alone, and it’s going to take the help of other people if I am going to fully embrace the healing that needs to take place in my life,” Perry said.
“John Walker has been my therapist for around seven years now and I hold him in highest regard. In those seven years I’ve allowed him to speak into me; however, I am now humbly submitting myself to him and giving him authority over me as I believe he will serve as my pastor, my psychologist and my spiritual formations director in this next season,” he continued. “Together John and I will work through/develop a plan that will lead to the health and well-being of my family, and, over an extended period of time, a return to ministry (sic) is some sort of capacity,” he added.
Perry then asked for prayers for his family and continued healing and said he will “‘go dark'” on social media to facilitate the process.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post