Ex-NewSpring founder Noble opens new South Carolina church
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina pastor who launched one of the biggest churches in the country in the past 20 years is preaching again.
Perry Noble gave his first sermon last Sunday at his new Second Chance Church in Anderson.
Noble opened his sermon with an apology because he had to turn away people because more than 700 people came to the two services in the church in a strip mall, filling it beyond capacity, the Anderson Independent Mail reported.
“We honestly had no idea what to expect and we did not expect those numbers,” Noble said. “We are in a great facility so our next option would be to add additional services in the future.”
Noble’s sermon was about how Jesus considered the disciples his friends even after they disappointed him during and after his crucifixion.
Noble said Proverbs 17:17 — “A friend loves at all times” — is one of his favorite Bible verses. He said the Scripture shows if a “complete screw up” like himself can find hope and both have and be a good friend, then there is hope for everyone.
Noble said he picked the strip mall church because he could pay for it with $250,000 of donations and start is new church with no debt.
Noble founded NewSpring Church almost 20 years ago but was ousted from its leadership in 2016. Church leaders cited his alcohol use among other moral problems.
Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com