Bishop Clifford Green went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born to Roscoe and Erma Green on August 27, 1941 in Drew, Mississippi. He journeyed to Los Angeles with his parents and siblings, Roscoe Jr., Elloyd, Claudine and Delores. He attended and graduated from Willowbrook Middle School, Centennial High School and Compton College, all located in the city of Compton, California.
He met his beloved wife, Audrey Green, at Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in 1966 and were later united in holy matrimony on November 16, 1968. Together they have three daughters, Stephanie, Sheila and Sharon, also known as the Green Sisters.
He had over 37 years of experience in Law Enforcement, starting as a Police Officer in Compton, California achieving the rank of Lieutenant. He completed his career as Chief of Public Safety at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California.
Bishop Green held a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles; a Bible Diploma from the Los Angeles Bible Training School; a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a Doctoral Degree in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at South Bay University Christian College of Life in San Bernardino, California.
In 1969, Bishop Green served as Chairman of the Deacon Board at Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, and was later ordained as a Minister. He served as an Associate Minister at Union Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Milton Marshall, Sr. during the late 1970s. He later moved to Houston, Texas with his family and served as an Associate Minister under the leadership of Pastor Calvin Abraham at Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church. In 1985, he accepted the call to Pastor Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, where he served for 17 years. In June 2002, Bishop Green accepted the call as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Glen Valley. He was confirmed and ordained as a Bishop in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2014 by New Jerusalem Ministries International. He had over 32 years of pastoral experience, and continued to serve at First Baptist Church until his passing in December of 2020.
He always greeted everyone with his special smile and treated everyone as if they were family. He was always there for his family, church family and friends through good and bad times, no matter what. We will always remember him because there will never be another one to replace him in our hearts, and the love we will always have for him. He witnessed the many blessings of God in the lives of individuals, families, associate churches and ministries. During the pandemic, God showed him a vision to start the First Baptist Church prayer line to where many people were reached throughout the nation. His work in the community and with various churches will always be remembered.
Bishop Green is survived by his beloved wife, Audrey Green; one sister, Delores Coco (Lionel); his three daughters, Stephanie Green, Sheila Hannah (Reginald) and Sharon Walker (Patrick); two sons, Kip Green, Christopher Green (Jackie); grandchildren, Brianna Stephens (Jason), Brittney Jones, John Wright, Jayda Walker, Austin Green, Katrina Green, Caleb Green, Patrick Walker Jr., Ezekeo Walker, Alaya Walker; one great grand-daughter, Harmony Stephens; and a hosts of nephews, nieces and family members.
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