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Noel's sense of renewal

MOVEMENT: Noel Robinson performing in South Africa

IT ISN’T often that a UK Christian artist has kept an event running for a decade, but this is the case with Noel Robinson. His annual worship conference Renewal celebrates it’s 10th anniversary when it kicks off tomorrow (February 2).

Noel, an Integrity Music recording artist, worship leader and producer, launched Renewalin 2008 to provide teaching on worship and prayer and celebratory services involved for people who love to worship. He recalled: “I started it 10 years ago with a simple instruction I felt I got from the Holy Spirit and model of what it should look like, and I’ve kept true to that.

“I’m completely in awe that God has enabled me to do this event for so long. I’ve learnt lots from hosting it and watching its impact on people’s lives. This 10th anniversary is a really exciting time.”

Renewal conferences were initially held in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester for the first seven years of the event, before moving to London, and it’s fair to say thousands of people, including artists and church leaders, have attended a Renewal conference. There is no doubt that Noel is proud not only of the lives Renewal has touched, but by what it signifies. He told Soul Stirrings: “I believe it has contributed to the landscape of intercession and the worship movement in the UK.

“Renewal has also become a diverse platform and lends itself to unity and multiculturalism in a powerful way and shows the cultures that live here in the UK coming together to worship.”

Aside from touching people’s lives, Noel can look back at an event that has inspired some to record their albums, start ministries and just gain confidence.

“Churches have benefitted from Renewal. They have sent their worship leaders along and have seen them really excel,” he said.

His hopes for this year’s event which will feature Madeleine Kerzner, Hillsong Church London, Evans Ogboi and Lara Martin, among others, who will touch people in a special way.

“I’m really hoping for a real flow of the Holy Spirit, that they ignite and come alive as they come together,” he added.

There is no doubt that Noel has blazed a trail as a UK worship artist. He is the first black British worship singer to be signed by Integrity Music.

Born and raised in the Pentecostal denomination Church of God of Prophecy, he served as their National Music director for many years. He has also had stints playing for the Inspirational Choir, one of the first UK gospel outfits to hit the national charts, he was in the band for legendary TV show People Get Ready, and latterly has led worship across the world and shared his platform with major artists including Israel Houghton who has graced his event.

After Renewal, Noel is set to get back on his treadmill of hard work. He is due to start recording his second album for Integrity, which he hopes will be ready for an autumn release. And fresh from his recent visit to Uganda, where he led worship for a crowd of 120,000 people, Noel has plans to travel to Asia, the Caribbean and the US to lead worship or take part in conferences.


Although he has been a musician involved in worship for more than 30 years, Noel has not lost his excitement for what he does.

“I count it a real honour to serve the church in whatever denomination, culture, or worship expression and feel deeply blessed to be gifted to speak in all these places.

“I really believe revival has come to the nation and we need to believe and walk in it.”

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