New Church Developer Introduced

New Church Developer Introduced


Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble

Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble will become the New York Annual Conference’s “Director of Church Development and Revitalization” on July 1, 2014. Dr. Noble is a veteran church planter and trained coach in the church development field. He has served as pastor of churches in Texas and California. Presently he is pastor of Crenshaw UMC in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of Angelo State University, Morehouse School of Religion and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Derrick brings a wealth of experience to this new position that was approved by the 2013 New York Annual Conference. For its first eighteen months, this position will be funded by the Parish Development Committee. Derrick has planted a new church, Impact UMC, in Port Arthur, Texas and has revitalized churches in Texas and California. Under his leadership Abundant Life UMC in Lufkin, Texas grew from less than 40 persons to over 400 members in two years, earning it the Copeland Award for Evangelism

Derrick also brings already-established relationships with national church development groups. He is a board member of SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century) and also on the board of Path 1 New Church Starts, another United Methodist initiative to cultivate and develop leaders for new churches across the country.

The purpose of the Director of Church Development and Revitalization is to provide visionary and passionate leadership for new church starts and church revitalization for the conference. Derrick brings with him a “30-60-90 Day Action Plan” that includes: building relationships with pastors, laity and new church planters; conferring with national leaders in church development/revitalization; scheduling training events focused around personal spiritual renewal, increased homiletical effectiveness and leadership development; working with Path 1 to find opportunities to develop new faith communities.

We are fortunate to have a person of Derrick’s gifts and passion for church development work. We will formally welcome him during the New York Annual Conference on June 4-7, 2014, at Hofstra University.