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Bishop Noel Jones from Preachers of L.A. made his 72nd birthday a special one for his longtime partner. The California-based preacher has reportedly been with Loretta Jones for over two decades. And the couple finally took a big step forward. Although Bishop Jones didn’t make an official statement, his congregation broke the news that Noel Jones and Loretta Jones got engaged to be married on Sunday (Jan. 30). Find out about the surprise proposal and engagement here.

Noel Jones and Loretta Jones’ Relationship

Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California, was previously married to Ruth Jones. They have three children Noel II, Tifani, and Eric.

After his first marriage ended in divorce, Noel began a relationship with Loretta Jones. She is a chef and entrepreneur. Together with the pastor, she operates JJ’s Bistro in Inglewood and is the CEO of LKouture Boutique.

They have reportedly been together for decades. However, Bishop Jones previously expressed his intention not to remarry.

He appears to have changed that opinion. On January 30, the day of Noel Jones’ 72nd birthday celebrations, he proposed to Loretta, announcing to his congregation, “I’m telling you today that I’m going to get married!”

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The City of Refuge’s first couple hasn’t released an official statement about their engagement. However, several members of the congregation who were present posted their own videos of the special moment.