The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker

Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Organization: First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, TN


The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN since 2013.

A native of Travelers Rest, SC, he holds degrees from Furman University (B.A.), Wake Forest University (M.Div.), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.).

He previously pastored Churchland Baptist Church in Lexington, NC and First Baptist Church in Valdese, NC.

He has taught courses for Vanderbilt University, Carson-Newman University, and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and has published articles for Religion News Service, Baptist News Global, and Homily Service.

Noel is married to Dayna Thompson Schoonmaker and they have two young daughters, Maggie and Nora. In his free time, Noel enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball, making music, and traveling.


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker

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Noel Schoonmaker: Faith That Works

Tuesday September 04, 2018
Dr. Noel Schoonmaker tells us that when James says in effect, "What good is faith without works, what good is Christian belief without Christian behavior?" the answer is, none at all. James isn’t just questioning the usefulness of faith without works, he’s questioning the validity of it. And James is very clear about what he means by 'works.'

Noel Schoonmaker: Doers of the Word

Tuesday August 28, 2018
The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker points out in his sermon on James 1 that we are not Christians because we hear the word of God, or mentally affirm it’s true, but because we believe in Jesus Christ, who was the Word of God himself. And that Word of God become flesh in Christ healed the sick, touched the outcast, cuddled children, and overturned temple furniture.