The Nobles serve in the neighborhood just north of Denver’s downtown area. Their church, Church of the Risen Lord (CRL), has faithfully proclaimed Christ to a variety of people. This variety includes wide differences in race, culture, economics and education. Over the years CRL has especially reached out to many whose lives are plagued with problems and at a real disadvantage in life. A great percentage are connected to Social Service programs and may have a history with homelessness or prison.
The Nobles started their church in 1976 in a house. In 1977 the church bought that house and the Nobles purchased the house next door to it for their family’s home. In 1989 the church bought an old two-story grocery store across the street from the church to use as the ministry expanded. The church now meets in the two-story building and the second house is used as needed for ministry. It has been tough, but the good news is that individuals have become genuine followers of Christ!
Besides ministering in and through Church of the Risen Lord, the Nobles network with, and encourage, other ministries in the inner city of Denver.
Dennis Noble grew up under the loving ministry of the First Baptist Church of Collinsville, Illinois, and committed his life to Christ at the age of 19. During his senior year of college in 1968 Dennis was challenged by his pastor to prepare for a lifetime of Christian service at Denver Seminary.
Shelley also grew up attending First Baptist, accepted the Lord as a child, and responded to the call to missions.
Dennis and Shelley were married in 1969. While in seminary, they became aware of the needs of the inner city and sensed God’s call to an urban area. They applied to Missions Door and started ministry soon after Dennis earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1972.
The Nobles have lived and raised their children in their neighborhood of ministry since the mid-seventies. Joel, the oldest, is married to Anna; they have two children, Aidan and Eleanor. Both Joel and Anna teach at his high school alma mater. Jason and his wife Ginny have two daughters, Haley and Rebekah, and live in the Dallas area, where he is a children’s pastor. Karisa, the youngest by far, is doing College Plus courses at home, and is a very vital part of CRL’s ministry.
M.Div. from Denver Seminary, Denver, CO