Green, John comment (0)
January 14, 2010
By Kristen Lindsey
First Baptist Church, Greenhill
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16
Favorite Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Family Status: Married for 57 years to Deanie; three children, Sheila, Tommy and Donald; nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
John Green has been a member of First Baptist Church, Greenhill, for 44 years. Although he has been legally blind for the past 15 years because of macular degeneration, Green has not let that stop him from teaching Sunday School and serving the church in many other capacities. Pastor Gregg Woodard called him a “servant leader in the church.”
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: I’m from a family of five. We lived in a farm community. I grew up in a Christian home. [My mother] was a devoted Christian, and my father came to accept Christ much later. Mother loved the Lord with all her heart.
Q: How did you come to know God?
A: My formative years were as a Methodist. We had a prayer meeting on the porch of my grandparent’s house and I accepted Christ. I was baptized in the Hurricane Creek (near Lexington). I married a Baptist and joined First, Greenhill, in June 1965.
Q: How have you been involved in church through the years?
A: I jokingly tell people that I have held every office except pastor and president of WMU (Woman’s Missionary Union). I am currently co-teaching an adult men’s class, and I also served as a deacon for a number of years.
Q: What have you received from teaching Sunday School?
A: I have learned to really love and respect people. I have developed a deep love for the Lord. It’s been a great pleasure to lead several people to Christ.
Q: What difference has being a Christian made in your life?
A: All the difference in the world. The moment I accepted Christ I was assured of heaven and life with Him. I don’t know how someone can make it without Jesus. To have Jesus to turn to means everything to me.