Graham E. Noble

The following is a revised version of an entry which I wrote for the fourth volume of the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1993.

Noble, Graham E.NOBLE, GRAHAM EDMUND (1922-2003). Clergyman. Born Springdale. Son of Jonas and Ida (née Holmes) Noble. Educated Springdale; Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (EPBC), Peterborough, ON. Married Mildred Jean Spencer of Cottrell’s Cove in 1951. After working for nine years with the Royal Air Force transport command in Gander and with British Overseas Airways in Iceland, Noble became a partner in his father’s lumber mill at Springdale, Jonas Noble and Son. Experiencing a religious conversion in 1954, the Nobles entered EPBC in 1956, graduating in 1959. After conducting meetings in Ontario and Newfoundland, they established a church at Howley. In 1962 they were called as pastors to Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle in St. John’s. In addition to his other duties, Noble became the speaker on “The Old, Old Story,” the longest-running locally produced religious radio program in the province, airing for the first time on 10 February 1952 over VOCM. In 1982 he was appointed Chaplain for Institutions (St. John’s) for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland (PAON), a position he held for 10 years. He served on the school trustees for the denomination. He was a member of the general executive committee and also assistant general superintendent. In 1990 the Nobles spent six weeks in Sri Lanka teaching national pastors. He retired in 1996. In March 2003 he was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

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