Our Interim Pastor
The Rev. Reginald M. Green is a native of Washington, D.C., and received his elementary and secondary education in the D.C. public schools. After graduating from Dunbar High School he spent six months in the U.S. Army Reserves. Following completion of his tour of duty, he attended Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, from which he received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees. After forty (40) years as pastor of Walker Memorial Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., Rev. Green retired in May, 2006.
Rev. Green was licensed and ordained by the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. under the pastorates of the late Dr. J. Harvey Randolph and the Rev. R. G. Williams respectively.
While a student at Virginia Union, Rev. Green participated in student sit-ins in Richmond, Virginia during the early 1960s. In 1961, during the zenith of the Civil Rights movement, he was actively involved, resulting in his spending twenty-nine (29) days in jail as a “Freedom Rider”, in Jackson, Mississippi’s Hinds County jail and Parchman Penitentiary. After his release from jail he would soon meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rev. Green is a former instructor of Church History in the District’s Washington Baptist Seminary. He has served as one of the instructors at Howard University School of Divinity’s Continuing Education Program. Additionally, he served as an assistant instructor in the class on Preaching and Practicum. Rev. Green served as the interim Pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church, Washington, DC, from 2008 – 2012. He currently serves as interim Pastor of First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Washington, DC.
Rev. Green is a former civil servant with the District of Columbia’s Department of Housing and Community Development from which he retired in 1990. During his tenure with the government, he had the responsibility of assisting former Mayor Marion S. Barry in communication and writing to the religious community. Rev. Green was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the D.C. Gambling Study Commission in 1970.
Honors, Awards and Fellowships
Rev. Green was the first recipient of the District’s City-wide Citizen’s Assembly Award (1976) for outstanding service in housing and community development for the citizen’s of the District of Columbia. In 1980 he was a co-recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship, sponsored by the D.C. English Speaking Union, affording the opportunity to spend six weeks in parts of the United Kingdom exploring the British approach in providing housing for its working class and its possible usage in the District of Columbia. In 1998, he was sponsored by the D.C. Holocaust Memorial Foundation to spend fifteen (15) days in Israel to study and dialogue about multicultural education on the meaning of the Holocaust. In 2003, he was recipient of the “Pillar of Faith Award” by the Howard University School of Divinity. Rev. Green, was honored with the 2010 Advocates for Justice Award by the Olender Foundation.
- Presidential Proclamation, 50th Anniversary Of The Freedom Rides. - The Honorable Barack Obama, President, United States Of America, 2011.
- Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders. – The Washington Bar Association, 2011.
- Frederick Douglass Memorial And Historical Association, “…Perpetuating the legacy and works of Frederick Douglass.”
- State Of Mississippi, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 580, “…50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides and Freedom Summer of 1961”, 2011.
- Government of the District of Columbia, Certificate Of Appreciation, 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders, 2011.
Rev. Green holds membership in the following organizations:
- Life Member, N.A.A.C.P.
- Progressive National Baptist Convention
- Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention
- National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
- Advisory Board Member, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, Warren Lodge No. 8
- Rev. Green serves as Secretary on the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Fund Foundation and Assistant Grand Chaplain in the Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons (Warren Lodge No. 8)
Co-author of the following reports and publications:
- Survey of Churches in the Shaw School Urban Renewal Area, (1970)
- Report on Forms of Legalized Gambling in the District of Columbia, (1970)
- The Significance of England’s Housing Policies and Programs to the District of Columbia, (1980)
- Rev. Green is married to the former Olivia F. Harris of Charles City, Virginia and they are the proud parents of two sons, Reginald, Jr. and Leander.