The Rev. Stephen A. Green is a global thought leader at the intersection of faith and social justice. He leads with radical love in action through his ministry at St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City and as Chair of Faith for Black Lives, a faith-based social justice organization.
He is also the creator and host of the podcast, “Sacred Desk with Rev. Stephen A. Green,” which features conversations with thought leaders and change agents focused on the latest headlines.
His commitment to social justice and peacebuilding through love seems like it was predestined for one of the youngest leading civil rights activists in the country. Rev. Green’s parents met in college while protesting against apartheid. He comes from a family of liberationists, he says. His father is a bishop of a social justice leaning church, and his mother, an educator, and his brothers are also deeply involved in fighting for social justice.
Rev. Green’s passion to help others and fight the good fight started early. He grew up helping at his father’s church. He began organizing against police brutality and gun violence while in high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. While studying at Morehouse College, the alma mater of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., he learned of the deaths of Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and became a student organizer.
Before joining St. Luke, Rev. Green was the National Director of the Youth and College Division of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely respected grassroots civil rights organization. In this role, he oversaw an army of more than 30,000 young activists across 800 active youth councils and college chapters throughout the nation.
Previously, Rev. Green served as Pastor of Heard AME Church, Roselle, N.J., “The Community Church.” He led this ministry in spiritual and fiscal growth through prophetic preaching, passionate worship, and community empowerment. Additionally, Rev. Green led the congregation in hosting the inaugural God is Woke Festival to empower the community in faith and freedom through the arts.
Rev. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity from The University of Chicago, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont School of Theology.