Dr. Noel G. L. Hutchinson, Jr. was recently named Mission Director for the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC). He is also the organizer and founder of a new ministry, Greater Works Fellowship, and was the pastor of First Baptist Church Lauderdale in Memphis, Tennessee for 22 years. A native of The Bronx, New York, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in the areas of Sociology and American Studies, a Master of Divinity cum laude from Drew Theological School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio.  Dr. Hutchinson served as an adjunct professor at Memphis Theological Seminary and was the College Chaplain at LeMoyne-Owen College, where 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 has preached nationally; and internationally in Guyana, South America; Kigali, Rwanda; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Turin, Italy; and Cape Town, South Africa 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 being a past president of the Memphis Ministers Association, and the current president of the Tennessee Progressive Baptist Council. He also has served on the following boards: the Memphis NAACP, Memphis Urban League, Church and Community Investment Fund, The Church Health Center, and the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA).  He is also a 1997 graduate of Leadership Memphis. In November 2013, he became the host of “Black Thought,” airing weekdays on MUTV1, now the M1 network, Memphis’ first Black-owned television station. He can also be heard on 'Huddle Talk with Dr. Hutch" Wednesdays on 88.5 FM in Memphis


He is married to the former Rebecca Matlock