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A Life Shining and Burning

Noel Brooks was born in 1914 in the often harsh coal country of northwestern Yorkshire and Lancashire, England, to Absalom Brooks. Noel’s grandfather, according to writings by Noel, had been an alcoholic until God stepped in to miraculously transform his life and forever changed the destinies of his four sons: Edward, Solomon, Absalom, and Will Brooks.

The home of Absalom Brooks was said to have been the epitome of the phrase “Holiness Unto the Lord” (Out of a Horrible Pit, pg. 56). Although Noel worked in the same coal mines his father, uncles, and grandfather had labored in, he was being pulled to study and prepare himself for ministry. At the age of 20 years he entered into the ministry (ibid, cover).

Noel Brooks joined with the English Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1954. He served as pastor of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bristol, then later served as director of evangelism of the English PHC, and then served as Ge…


The SCU Library Commons has a small collection that was begun by past president Scott Muse in the late 1960's. The "Pentecostal Research Collection" is devoted to Pentecostal Studies relevant to the curriculum of the University. The academic focus of the university is in the areas of pastoral ministry, mission, music, English, and history and the collection will develop to reflect those areas.

At present, it contains general histories of several Pentecostal and Charismatic groups and individuals. Also in place are major works on Pentecostal doctrine, polity, history, and theology. All materials of historic nature have been donated to the IPHC Archives & Records Center (www.pctii.or/arc/archives.html) located near the University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

The following is a list of helpful links to research collections, bibliographies or helpful articles.
Religious Movements: Pentecostalism (quick introduction)…


The leaders of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church are listed with images on a page maintained by the IPHC Archives. Invaluable for research and for identification of photographs. Visit it at