The Ministry of Charles Green
By Archibald Thackeray
The Latter Rain revival began over six decades ago and, as you might expect, there are not many of the early participants still alive.
Charles Green, who got involved in the revival in 1950, is alive and is very active in ministry still. He not only has preached in churches across the United States, but in 2016 – at 90 years of age – he preached in Kenya and Peru, as well.
Green is best known for many years of pastoring the large Word of Faith Temple in New Orleans, Louisiana. When he turned 90 last year he received much-deserved recognition from ministries like Charismanews.com and Eagle Mountain International Church, founded by Kenneth Copeland, and pastored by George & Terri Pearsons.
In March, Dr. Steve Greene wrote a tribute to Charles Green on the Charismanews.com website. Greene, who is the executive vice president of the Charisma Media group, entitled the article, "Take 5 Minutes to Save a Life for Eternity."
Greene tells how a single meeting with the veteran pastor changed his life, "I can't recall exactly what he said to me but I know it was a seed that grew in me until I was saved at the age of 19. I have never forgotten that one encounter with him. The only reason I cannot forget him is that he made such a significant spiritual deposit into my life. Why else would I remember one moment in time from 1971 with such clarity? I can only conclude that the meeting was a Spirit-led appointment."
Thousands who have met Charles Green or heard him preach could say the same. He and his wife Barbara are widely known for their wisdom, kindness, and gifts of the Spirit.
The Greens also know about "Spirit-led appointments" - in fact, in 1950 they had a bumper crop of them.
"1950 was the 'watershed year' of my life," Charles says. "In February, I married Barbara. In April, I met Mom Beall in Beaumont, Texas. In July, I met Garlon and Modest Pemberton in Houston. In October, I met the great Prophet David Schoch in the St. Louis convention. In December, I met Peter and Patricia Beall Gruits in Houston when I spoke for the Pemberton's Christmas Banquet. Some year!"
Green, who lives in North Dallas about 40 minutes from Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC), was honored there in a Sunday morning service February 28, 2016, one day after his 90th birthday. Copeland and EMIC pastor George Pearsons wanted to acknowledge Green's faithfulness and effectiveness over decades of ministry.
Copeland told how Green gave him the opportunity to minister at Word of Faith in New Orleans before he and his wife Gloria became the internationally famous ministers they are today.
It is also worth noting that while Copeland and Green can both be identified under the Pentecostal/Charismatic label, they come from different strains of that sector of Christianity. Copeland is a leader in the Word-Faith movement, and Green has his Latter Rain background.
But that the two would have close fellowship is no mystery to anyone that knows Green - he is a unifier. For instance, when he and John Gimenez and Emanuele Cannistraci founded the Network of Christian Ministries (NCM) in 1983 they made sure to extend a hand of fellowship to Copeland and had him speak at one the NCM conventions. The NCM membership also included men like Paul Paino (Calvary Ministries International), Dick Iverson (Ministers Fellowship International), Mel Davis (International Association of Ministries), Bob Weiner (Maranatha Campus Ministries), and Charles Simpson from the Shepherding/Discipleship movement.
Green's leadership and unifying impulse were also utilized in three other important organizations: Church Growth International (headed by David Yonggi Cho), the board of regents of Oral Roberts University, and International Charismatic Bible Ministries (headed by the late Oral Roberts).
He had yet another unifying role in the North American Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization that was held in New Orleans in 1987. Pentecostal historian Vinson Synan documents the integral role Green played in the event's success in his book, An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit (pp. 98-99, 103).
It is hard when recounting the many endeavors of ministers like Charles Green to not sound as though one is unduly exalting a person. Green would be the very first person to recoil from such exaltation. But surely there is a place for acknowledging what the Lord has done through yielded vessels.
Green is the author of several books including, The Revelation of God and His Word and God's Covenants: A Teaching Manual of the Bible. His ministry website is www.harvestminstriesonline.com.