Memorial Biographies of General Baptist Ministers
REV. CECIL GREEN
The Rev. Cecil Green was born in Providence, Kentucky. During a revival in the Providence General Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. W. Duffer and Rev. Rodney Holder, evangelist, he gave his heart to the Master on April 18, 1945, and joined that church on April 22, 1945.
He was in the armed forces in 1946-47. Being stationed near Chicago he had the opportunity of attending the Moody church for Christ on Saturday nights; he also attended the Pacific Garden Mission on the West coast, and in this mission on a Sunday afternoon after hearing a stirring message he felt definitely led to go into full Christian work. While yet in the service he had his first experience in soul winning.
Soon after being honorably discharged from the armed forces he heard Dr. Bob Jones, Jr., in one of his sermons telling how God had blessed the Bob Jones College, soon to become the Bob Jones University. Knowing it was truly a Christian college with opportunity, he applied for admission and was accepted. While there he preached in the streets, in jails, and the old folks home. while in his junior year Rev. Green's mission work was among the mountain folk of Georgia. This work was invaluable for training for the task he is now doing in Guam. During his school years in the Bob Jones College he regularly attended a Mission Prayer Band group that gathered each morning to pray for missionaries around the world. This group is now conducting sessions of prayer for Rev. Green in his mission work.
While attending these sessions he felt a definite call to the mission work, and surrendered his life for this purpose. He made this call known to the Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board of General Baptists, stating his desire to serve as soon as he could complete his degree in the university.
In June, 1952, he graduated with a B.A. degree, with a major in English Bible, and a minor in history. His church membership is with White Oak General Baptist Church.
He was licensed to preach during his college days, and was ordained to the full work of the ministry by the Presbytery of Union Association at Earlington General Baptist church in October, 1952. Those in charge of this ordination were Rev. Roy Ridenour, Rev. O. R. Fulcher, Rev. Carmen Albright.
He could now take up the work for which he had long desired -- mission work. He was accepted by the Foreign Mission Board, and took a plane from the States on November 21st 1952, and arrived on Guam Sunday, November 23, 1952.
Rev. Green arrived there in time to preach the sermon for the Union Thanksgiving service held in the Agana Heights Church. He is pastoring the Talofofo and Inarajan churches of Guam. He has been very active in the kingdom work since arriving in Guam, and the Lord has blessed in a wonderful way in the conversions of many souls.
* - Source - History of Union Association of General Baptist 1840 - 1953
M.C. Mc Donald