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D.C. Mourns Pentecostal Pioneers E. Myron Noble, 77, and Shiren Noble, 76

Bishop E. Myron Noble and his sister Elder Shiren Noble were eulogized by Pentecostal church leaders on March 25 as two pioneers who dedicated their lives to ministry and publishing Christian books.

The Metropolitan Police said that the Nobles were found by D.C. firefighters Feb. 20 at their District home and pronounced dead from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Nobles were eulogized at the Way of the Cross Church in Capital Heights by a number of ministers and church leaders including Bishop Ronald Brown, officiant, Apostle J. Shawn Urquhart, eulogist, and Bishop Alphonso D. Brooks, the church’s senior pastor.

Myron Noble was the founder of Middle Atlantic Regional Gospel Ministries. He was sent on his first overseas mission to Holland in 1968.

In 1969, he was guest soloist for crusades and evangelistic meetings with the Assembly of God in Germany. He founded an independent prison ministry in Washington, D.C. in 1970. Middle Atlantic Regional Gospel Ministries Music Festival of the Apostolic Faith Church of God was founded and organized by him in 1972.

In 1984, he conducted evangelistic meetings in Ivory Coast, West Africa.

In 1986, sales of Noble’s book, “The Gospel of Music: A Key to Understanding A Major Chord of Ministry” led him to launch the Middle Atlantic Regional Press. He went on to start the Middle Atlantic Regional Gospel Ministries in August 1988.

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Rev. Myron Noble’s book, “And They Yet Speak” was hailed as “a labor of love,” according to one book reviewer who noted that the book included a thumbnail history of each black Pentecostal church that came into existence in our Nation’s Capitol since the late 1890s.

Noble interviewed the leadership of each of those churches in depth and attended a service at each church, a process that took 25 years to complete. Through that great effort, we get to meet 93 congregations, some large, some tiny.

Earl Myron Noble was born on June 30, 1943, to Earl Noble and Helen I. Durbin Noble at the former Gallinger Hospital in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Harrison Elementary School, Garnet-Patterson Junior High School and McKinley Technical Senior High School. He earned Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D degrees from Howard University.

Gifted with a baritone voice, as a youth he was taught to sing sectional voice parts by his uncle, the late Elder Joseph T. Durbin Jr. “Uncle Joseph” was the church music director at that time. Myron’s remembrances centered on the hymn, “Fairest, Lord Jesus” as taught in voice parts to the Young People’s Choir.

During the National Young People’s Convention (1964) of the Apostolic Faith Churches of God, Myron was elected president of the National Youth Usher Board. Several years later, he was elected the National Choir director and was appointed parliamentarian of the National Youth Convention (NYC).

On Aug. 11, 1984, he was ordained an elder by the Board of Presbytery of the Apostolic Faith Churches of God with Bishop L. C. Grant as Presiding Prelate. In 2016, Myron was elevated to the office of bishop.

Earl Noble and Helen I. Durbin Noble gave birth to their daughter, Shiren Therelle Nobel on Feb. 12, 1945 in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Harrison Elementary School, Garnet-Patterson Junior High School and McKinley Tech Senior High School. She later furthered her education at Atlantic Business College, receiving an Associate’s degree in business administration, and Strayer University, receiving a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Divinity from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1980.

Working tirelessly in the ministry, Shiren knew she had a calling on her life. In October 1992, Shiren Noble answered the call and was ordained an elder by her mother Pastor Helen I. Noble and uncle Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Durbin Jr.

Elder Shiren was the CEO of The Rescue Mission of Washington, D.C., succeeding her mother, Pastor Helen I. Noble, founder of the organization. Elder Noble carried on the ministry by providing the word of God and services to the least of these. Its mission statement included: “To love our brothers and sisters, to give of ourselves, to do all to obey God, to be priestly through Godly relationships.” She traveled extensively to spread The Word of God with the Rescue Mission Outreach team across the United States, Canada, West Germany, London, England, the Bahamas, Africa, The Netherlands, Antigua and British West Indies.

She was a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (global), The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and the Christ Mission Workers. Moreover, she served incarcerated women in institutions from Butner, N.C., to Philadelphia to Carson City, Nevada, to Katalie, Kenya, and East Africa.

Elder Shiren Noble retired from the U.S. Secret Service with more than 30 years of dedicated service.

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Bishop E. Myron Noble and Elder Shiren Noble leave to cherish their memories cousins/brothers; Bishop Norman W. White (Marie) and family, Deacon Lionel F. White (Cleo) and family, Minister Vernon J. White (Minnie) and family. Along with a host of cousins, friends, church family and Kingdom colleagues.

They are preceded in death by their father, Earl Noble, mother, Helen I. Noble, uncle, Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Durbin, Jr., cousin/brother, Rev. Norris Jones and other family members.

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