Former Newspring pastor Perry Noble says he is done with alcohol rehab

A woman drinks traditionally brewed alcoholic liquor at a house in Kibera slum in the suburbs of Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 11, 2014. | Reuters/Noor Khamis

The founder and former senior pastor of the NewSpring Church in South Carolina, Perry Noble, told his followers on Facebook last Tuesday that he is now out of rehab and is expecting that he could soon return to ministry with the aid of his therapist. Noble was removed as a pastor in July for issues of alcoholism and other reasons indicated by the Church's board of directors.

"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 overmedication via alcohol," Perry said in his online post. 

"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.

Earlier this year in July the NewSpring Board of Directors made "a difficult and painful decision" to remove Noble from pastorship. Executive Pastor Shane Duffy said that the founder of the popular South Carolina church was "no longer qualified to serve as pastor."

The NewSpring church has more than 30,000 members in 17 cities throughout South Carolina. 

Duffy also said that Noble's termination was due to his unfortunate choices and decisions that have caused "much concern" among board members. Noble had been approached by leadership more than once to address his use of alcohol and his "posture toward marriage." This was acknowledged by Noble previously but also clarified that there was no infidelity nor abuse in his marriage. 

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