2013-08-30 / Obits

Remembering Reverend Moses Green

Reverend Moses Green, who founded the Community Church of God in Christ, Inc. more than 53 years ago, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 23rd. He was 82.

Reverend Moses Green was well known in the community as the founder and pastor of Community Church of God in Christ on Beach 74th Street in Arverne until 2012, when he retired and appointed a second pastor. During his time as pastor, he provided instruction and dedicated his life to the betterment of his community. He also served as prison Chaplin and the Executive Director of “The Save a Youth Learning Center.” He served as a District Superintendent under two Jurisdictional Bishops and served in various capacities throughout Eastern New York. He was a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Choir President and more. Reverend Green knew all the areas of church work and was adamant that rules and order were followed at all times.

Reverend Green was known for his quick-wit, his humanitarian effort and his genuine love for all. He was a father to many, a spiritual guide to many people and touched the lives of people around the country.

Even after his retirement, Reverend Green continued ministry at the nursing home where he resided over the past four years. He was often asked to sit with a family, pray with them or talk with a family member who was grieving.

He was born on November 4, 1930 in Midville, Georgia to Warren Green, Sr. and Lizzie Green Roberts. He claimed his stepfather,

Charlie Roberts, as his dad. He grew up in Georgia and was known as a hard worker who helped care for his siblings and worked on the cotton fields and on the farm. He later moved to New York, where he met and married “Doll,” Louidell Evans, on Christmas, 1952 and from this union were born four children. Among his various employments, he worked as Supervisor at Rockaway Metals for more than 20 years before hearing the voice of God.

Reverend Green is preceded in death by his father, mother and siblings, James, Warren, John, Winder, Charlie, Mattie and Willie Mae. He leaves many to cherish his memory including his wife of 60 years, “Doll” Mother Louidell Green; children, Jerome (Gail) Green, Dr. Sylvia Green (Darrell) Testamark, James (Karine), Green and Andrea M. Green; God children, Dianne Bryant, Elder-Elect Daniel Washington and Minister Debra T. Williams; grandchildren, Pharoah, Kayla, Jared, Shakeya and Keira; God grandchildren, Samantha, Jeavon, Aqueelah, Tiffanya, Zilnya, Zion and Scotty Jr. and twins, Jaiden and Jamal; siblings, Emma Rucker, Amanda (Ralph) Brown, Elvira (Charles) Madison, Alean Roberts and Rufus Roberts; three sisters-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, spiritual sons and daughters. Many will remember Reverend Moses Green and the impact that he had on their lives: “As a young man struggling to raise a family Elder Moses Green had a very positive impact on my life. Through his ministry the Lord saved me and called me into ministry. The Lord had blessed my wife and I to have founded out own church. We have now been in ministry and serving the community of Inwood, NY and the Rockaways for over 22 years. Our children have travelled nationally and internationally in the music industry. I thank God for having known such a man.”

Reverend Richard Lacey
Pastor and Founder of Outreach COGIC
Inwood, NY

“From the age of 4 in the southern hills of Georgia you were preaching even to the stumps and the logs. The message was ‘Sin is like blackberries: it leaves a stain’. You are a true man of God, you have never wavered from your message of holiness and your strong convictions. Your ministry has affected so many people, even my family here in NY and in Oklahoma. You have impacted my life and the lives of all my family members.”

District Missionary Eleanor Lacey
First Lady of Outreach COGIC
Inwood, NY

“In commemoration of one of the greatest gospel preachers in the world, God used you to transform my life at the age of 19 years old. You proclaimed that it was holiness or hell. As a result, at the age of 57 years old, your teachings are still ringing clear. You taught us the harvest is truly plenteous. You taught us that ‘God’s work on earth truly must be our own’. As a result of your teaching the Lord has sent us across the world proclaiming the Gospel. The Lord has made me an ambassador to two native American tribes, he appointed me a Nation Prayer Caption in the Church of Godin Christ, and a National Evangelist. He has used my life in prison ministry, street ministry, youth ministry, and the list goes on. Your presence will be sorely missed, I love you, but God loves you best.”

National Evangelist Deloris Rivers, MSW
Bethlehem COGIC
Rochester, NY

“Pastor Green, your ministry taught me to stand and to be the man that God called me to be. He taught me never to run or hide, never to shun responsibility, but to live with courage and integrity.”

Deacon Beaman Hubert
Business Owner
Bethlehem COGIC
Rockaway Beach, NY

“Supt. Moses Green was my first pastor, I was born again and saved under his ministry at the age of 19. He was able to identify spiritual gifts. At a young age he placed me as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and the radio announcer for Community COGIC. I served for 10 years in that capacity. He told us the truth, and didn’t sugar-coat his message. He will be sorely missed.”

Evangelist Carol Rivers
Special Ed Teacher, Retired.

“Jesus said that “Ye are the light of the world; a city set upon a hill cannot be hidden.” For over 50yrs, Supt. Moses Green served as Pastor and Founder of the Community COGIC. This anointed man of God went home to be with the Lord on Friday August 23, 2013. Pastor Green was used by God to help thousands from his little church by the bay. Multitudes have been saved, healed and delivered under his ministry. He ministered with the power and anointing of the Holy Ghost. Generations of families went from welfare to work, many became college graduates, working professionals and business owners. At least three churches in our area came directly out of his ministry. His members are working in ministries far and wide from Florida, to Richmond, and in multiple states in between. God has used him to train and inspired workers from the Midwest, the West coast, and up and down the eastern seaboard. His ministry has produces international workers, and national workers. He has received accolades from various elected officials. For years he hired licensed teachers and opened up the “Save a Youth Learning Center”. Countless youth were helped as they found a haven from the streets, and loving and competent spiritual guidance. His motto was that “Gods work on earth must truly be our own”. This Icon of the Rockaways will be sorely missed, but his work lives on. Sleep on Pastor Green take your rest, we loved you, but God loves you best.”

Evangelist Laura Holly, BPSC
Marketing Consultant
Bayswater, NY

First and foremost let me say that I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of the Late Pastor Moses Green. As one of the first members of the Community Church of God in Christ, I was honored to sit under the great and anointed teaching of Pastor Green for 35 years. In those years we shared great joys and sorrows but always maintained a loving spiritual father/daughter relationship. Pastor Green also shared his love with my entire family and was very closely knitted to my mother, the late Rose Marie Finley who worked diligently in the ministry and as a Pastor’s Aid leader after the passing of my grandmother, Rosalee Connor. She too worked in this capacity caring for the needs of the man of God. This legacy taught me not only how to care but respect this great man of God. I clearly remember when Pastor Green became gravely ill many years ago when he suffered an aneurysm and other complications. During this time I was so anxious because I thought we would lose him but he persevered and the Lord brought him back to us. He even came straight home and went straight to the pulpit! Although I have not physically seen Pastor Green in a few years, I will miss just knowing he was only a phone call away. On our last conversation, he gave me a word from the Lord that I will never forget. Thank you Pastor Green for your dedicated life of service to the kingdom. You have brought forth many sons and daughters who will perpetuate the ministry and do great exploits.”

Sis. Gwendolyn Finley
Richmond, Virginia

“Elder Green was a dedicated man of God who always wanted people to know God for themselves. He encouraged people to seek a relationship with God, not just the church.”

Fred Holly
Sanford, FL

Pastor Green has been helping me and my family before I was even born. My mother entered his church at the tender age of 18, and has learned valuable life lessons that have benefited both she and myself. When I was young she’d always take me to his services, and although I didn’t notice at the time, I’d always subconsciously understood what he preached. I can recall on numerous occasions when the words of my mother, learned from Pastor Green, would pop up in my head right before making potentially life-altering decisions. He’s spoken many blessings on my life, as well as given me advice that I will never forget, and for that I thank him.”

Jazzmin Holly
Bayswater, NY

Pastor Moses Green. His confidence as a leader, with a resounding voice and relentless faith preaching Holiness is right, will forever ring in the air. For many of us who heard his sermons we will never forget the tone and the sincerity in which he declared the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was born in Far Rockaway and raised in the church he Founded and Pastored, Community church of God in Christ. This is where I learned so much about my destiny and calling. I was a young kid in the 80’s learning how to play the drums and piano at that church…Now years later I’ve been blessed to travel the world and compose my own productions. I was very blessed to have the opportunity to grow up under his blessed church Community.”

Leon Lacey

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