Dr. Noel G. L. Hutchinson, Jr. since 1995 has been the pastor of First Baptist Church Lauderdale in Memphis, Tennessee. A native of the Bronx, New York, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School located in Madison, New Jersey, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio. Dr. Hutchinson was recently the College Chaplain at LeMoyne-Owen College, and under his leadership, LeMoyne-Owen began a Faith in Action Community Conference in partnership with the Congress of National Black Churches, Memphis Affiliate. Dr. Hutchinson recently preached in Guyana, South America, Jamaica, West Indies, turin, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Pastoral Excellence Program with the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention.
Dr. Hutchinson has also been active in various civic and community efforts. Some of his involvements include the Bedford Stuyvesant Advisory Council—Consumer Outreach & Protection for Brooklyn Union Gas, and past president of the Memphis Ministers Association. He also has served on the following boards: NAACP, Memphis Urban League, Church and Community Investment Fund, and The Church Health Center. He is also a 1997 graduate of Leadership Memphis.
He is the author of "From The Shepherd's Staff", and since November 2012, the host of 'Black Thought' a TV show seen weekdays on MUTV, Memphis' first Black TV station.
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