Noel Jones is a preacher and Pentecostal Bishop from Jamaica, now in America. He leads the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California, with around 17,000 members. Before this, he was in charge of the Greater Bethany Community Church.
Jones was born on January 31, 1950, in Spanish Town, Jamaica, to Bishop Robert and Marjorie Jones. His father was both a pastor and a politician.
Bishop Jones comes from a diverse family with seven children, including his sister Grace Jones, a famous actress and singer. In 1965, when Noel was 15, his parents moved the family, including his younger siblings Chris and Grace, to Syracuse, New York. At 19, he began his ministry.
Bishop Jones born on January 31, 1950.
He finished high school at St. Jago High School and then attended Aenon Bible College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Theology. The International Circle of Faith College (now Life College and Seminary) later gave him an honorary doctorate degree.
At the age of 26, he took on his first role as a pastor at Bethel Temple of Longview in Longview, Texas.
In January 2022, Bishop Jones shared that he would be marrying his long-time girlfriend, Loretta. This comes after his previous marriage to Ruth Jones, which resulted in three children. The former Preachers Of LA cast member has had a complicated romantic history.
Rumors suggest he was once linked to actress Lisa Raye McCoy and Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes. He was seen with NeNe in 2008, before her time on RHOA, and reports about a possible relationship with Lisa surfaced in 2011.
In June 1994, Jones took over as pastor of the Greater Bethany Community Church, succeeding Bishop Robert W. McMurray. The church is situated at 84th and Hoover Street in South Los Angeles, California.
Due to the significant growth in membership during his leadership, in 2003, the church acquired a new building in Gardena, California, named “The City of Refuge,” which now has 17,000 members.
The City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, a choir in the church, released their debut album, “Welcome to the City,” in 2007, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart and the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.
Jones was featured in the 2002 documentary “Hoover Street Revival,” showcasing the Greater Bethany Community Church in Los Angeles.
He also appeared on the reality show “Preachers of L.A.,” which started on October 9, 2013, alongside other religious figures like Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Jay Haizlip, and Pastor Deitrick Haddon.
Bishop Jones earned most of his money as the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church.
He’s also a columnist for Gospel Today magazine and appears on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Bishop Jones established Noel Jones Ministries.
Additionally, he made money from selling his publications, including “God’s Gonna Make You Laugh,” “The Battle for the Mind,” “The Little Catholic Choirbook,” “Playing the Church Organ,” and “Vow of Prosperity.” Currently, these publications are available from Bishop Jones. Reports suggest his net worth is around $6 million.
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