Bishop Noel Jones (HUMC 2001)
Bishop Noel Jones has challenged us through his messages as a theologian and scholar who has been labeled “eclectic, a maverick, and a preacher’s preacher”, he is known for thinking outside the box and forcing us to think beyond traditional views of God and spirituality. Bishop Jones is a product of the educational and religious system of Jamaica, West Indies, where the disciplinary system was rigid and strict. Having been told early in his life that one did not question authority, especially the power of God he aspired to understand why. Through natural curiosity and a hunger for knowledge, he set out to determine the impact of one’s spiritual understanding on their identity, psychological development and behavior. And, thus, he began a lifelong pursuit of Biblical knowledge and comprehension – his quest has been to open the scriptures in order to recognize the enormity of God and share his discoveries with others. Bishop Jones attended St. Jago High School in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and received a Bachelor’s of Science from Aenon Bible College in Columbus, OH. His anointing, transparency and intellectualism have made him one of the most sought after voices in the United States of America and across the world. His first pastorate was at Bethel Temple of Longview in Longview Texas, where he served for almost 20 years. In 1994, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, and succeeded the venerable Bishop Robert W. McMurrary as Pastor of Greater Bethany Community Church, now known as The City of Refuge.