The Reverend Dr. John Frank Green
Turner Theological Seminary
The ITC – Atlanta, GA
The Reverend Dr. John Frank Green joined the Interdenominational Theological Center team in 2008 as the seventh president/dean of Turner Theological Seminary. Dr. Green is a preacher and a teacher; a church-builder and an administrator; a community activist and a theological leader. He shows a passion for realizing the church’s commission to service the needs of those who are lost, struggling for survival, and are in need of spiritual, physical and/or emotional healing.
Prior to taking the helm at Turner, Dr. Green was the senior pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, FL for twelve years. He has completed twenty-four years of experience in the parish ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, primarily in the Eleventh Episcopal District. During this tenure, he pastored Hurst Chapel AME Church, Orlando, FL; Hurst Chapel AME Church in Winter Haven, FL; and Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa, FL. His success in these charges resulted from the unabashed manner in which he demonstrates his skills as a servant leader. Since leaving the pulpit, he has served as Interim Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Vidalia, Georgia, and St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Columbus, Georgia.
A native of Kissimmee, FL, Dr. Green comes from a family of men in the ministry. He is the son of the late Reverend Henry E. and Mrs. Irene W. Green. His love for the African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of the legacy of his father, who served as a pastor and presiding elder in the Eleventh Episcopal District for forty years before his demise in 1991. Dr. Green has one sister, Minerva Green Miller; three male siblings are distinctive spiritual warriors in the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His brothers are the Reverend Dr. Henry E. Green, Jr., Pastor of Mount Hermon AMEC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the 11th Episcopal District; the Right Reverend Samuel L. Green, Sr., Presiding Bishop of the 7th Episcopal District, and the Reverend Dr. David W. Green, Sr. is the Pastor of Saint Stephen AMEC, Jacksonville, Florida.
The Reverend Dr. Green, an intellectual and enthusiastic conversationalist, holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio); a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Turner Theological Seminary (Atlanta, Georgia); and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida). His concerns and innate willingness to serve have earned him numerous awards. In 2008, he was featured in the Tallahassee Community College Black History Calendar, recognized by the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP as a “Black Achiever,” and honored as a “Leadership Pacesetter” by Leadership Tallahassee of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
Working tirelessly to connect the church to the community, Dr. Green has staunchly promoted education and meaningful outreach programs. Under his leadership, the Bethel Community Development Corporation in Tallahassee constructed and sold fifty-two (52) homes to low-income families, at affordable prices, and made a remarkable improvement in the Bond Community residential area. The Life Recovery Center, an outreach program of Bethel AME Church, provided non-residential and residential treatment for approximately nine-hundred (900) substance abuse and chemically dependent clients. The Bethel Community Youth Programs Center has provided homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, test preparation, educational support and exposure, as well as cultural and personal enrichment activities for students and numerous volunteer hours and practicum experiences for students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, (FAMU), Florida State University (FSU) and Tallahassee Community College (TCC).
As a teacher, Dr. Green is energetic, dynamic, and thought provoking. He is well known as a teacher of pastors and an advocate for faith and order within the AME Church. Among these experiences he chaired the 11th Episcopal District Board of Examiners and was vice chair of the Florida Conference Board of Trustees. Dr. Green has been a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Connectional Strategic Planning Committee, the National Congress of Black Churches, the World Council of Methodist Churches, Edward Waters College Board of Trustees and National Council of Churches; and president of the Tallahassee Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
Since becoming the President/Dean of Turner Theological Seminary, student enrollment has increased, particularly among distance learning students. Improvements in the residential hall to enhance student life have been made, such as: new computers installed in the computer lab with copier and printing capabilities; a forty-two inch television installed in the Jacob’s Student Lounge and Conference room; as well as the liquidation of the mortgage on the Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot Administration and Residential Hall. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Green’s innovation and creativity gave birth to the Isaac R. Clark, Sr. Clergy and Lay Conference and Henry McNeal Turner Hall of Fame as part of the celebration of Turner Theological Seminary Founders’ Observance. This event has sponsored outstanding preachers, lecturers, and practitioners from various church communions and academic institutions. As a result, clergy and lay have been inspired and equipped for ministry in the 21st Century.
Dr. Green has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the ITC, Ministry and Context, with an emphasis on Professional Readiness, and is presently serving as an Adjunct Instructor, A.M.E. Polity, Candler School of Theology, and AME History and Polity, ITC. Understanding the challenge of African-American Churches residing in inner-city poor communities, Dr. Green authored his first book, The Haves and Have-Nots: Guidelines for Leading Congregational Change and Economically Empowering Poor Communities.
John Frank Green is the husband of Phyllis McClendon Green, Episcopal Supervisor of the Seventh Episcopal District and the proud father of Courtney S. Green, a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), with a baccalaureate degree in Public Relations and from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree concentrating in Integrated Communications and Marketing.