Praised as a “giant among theologians” and a mentor to hundreds of ministers, Dr. Reuben Henry Green’s funeral did what he had done thousands of times in life: captivated a church audience.
The man known as “rabbi” by faculty and students at the Tennessee School of Religion (TSOR) died April 24, 2008. He was 73.
About 2,000 people who knew Dr. Green in various capacities and roles gathered at Westwood Baptist Church for a home going service. Nearly 200 ministers from around the city and throughout the country joined the host pastor, Dr. James L. Netters, in a final send-off for the Old Testament scholar who was considered one of the South’s foremost authorities in the Hebrew written text and its interpretation.
Dr. Green was born in Wright City, Okla., on June 14, 1934 to Mack C. and Idella Clark Green. After attending public schools, he enrolled at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, earning an undergraduate Philosophy of Religion degree in 1955.
At Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in Oberlin, Ohio, he continued his education, earning a bachelor’s degree in General Theology. Later, he received a master’s in Sacred Theology from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., and a Ph.D in ministry from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Green began his public ministry as pastor of Warren Chapel Church in Norwalk, Ohio. He served over 50 years in the pastorate, including stints at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Langston, Okla., Bells Chapel Baptist Church in Bells, Tenn., and for forty years at Central Baptist Church in Memphis. Dr. Green served the Congress of Christian Education, auxiliary to the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated, for over 30 years including 9 years as Director General handling the logistics of the Congress’ annual session.
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