If you watched the first episode of Preacher's of L.A. -- posted online a week before its on-air premiere this Wednesday -- you already know six pastors included in the show, plus the women they love. But you may have been left wanting more Bishop Noel Jones as he was the only one who didn’t make it to the "mancave" to open up about “issues that brothers are dealing with.” In this interview, Jones describes filming the show, says he’s an “open book,” and explains why his beloved dog JJ has a passport.
Can you describe your experience while filming Preachers of L.A.?
Laborious and tiring but revealing of the people around me that I thought I knew.
Can you elaborate on that specifically?
Certain personality traits and certain dispositions are brought out on television as opposed to a regular church.
Did you know any of the preachers before shooting?
Jay I didn’t know, Chaney I knew somewhat, Gibson I know. Mac [McClendon] I’m very close with…. Deitrick I knew since he was a boy. His father and I are pretty much contemporaries.
How do you think your church will react to this magnified look into your personal life?
I’m very open anyways, so there are no surprises. I’m an open book.
You said that from a young age, public speaking felt natural to you. Why do you think that is? What are some of your techniques?
My calling is a natural response to my giftedness. I am a communicator. There’s a stigma that goes with being in the church that I don’t adhere to. I don’t have to say everything the Lord said and the Bible says. I can explain the Bible without sounding Biblical, and I feel that’s what makes me relatable.
If your family hadn’t been so involved in the church, do you think you would have been called to be a Bishop anyways?
I would have the nature, but not the nurture, which is an important thing. I let my kids do whatever they wanted to do and they happened to enjoy church. But my oldest son studied math and science at Cornell, and my daughter has her Ph.D.
Can you tell us a little about your dog JJ?
She’s two years old and she’s very compliant. She’s extremely socialized, but very quiet. I have her as a service dog, so she has papers and a passport.
I take it you do a lot of traveling?
Yes. Most recently, I was in Ghana and the president of Ghana is going to get the okay for me to have a Ghanaian passport when I travel South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria. I love doing service work there.
What are some of your hobbies when you’re not preaching or doing service work?
I love playing chess and pool, and reading. I read novels to enhance my vocabulary and my imagination. All the classics… [Tom] Clancy, Harlan Coben, Van Lustbader are a few of my favorites.
Tune into the premiere if 'Preachers of L.A.' airing Oct. 9 at 10/9c!