A Word from Your CBC Team: With this blog post, we officially and publicly welcome Richard Green to the Crossroads Bible College Team. We won’t tell you what Richard’s role is…but if you read his entire post, you’ll find out directly from Richard!
All Glory to God
While serving in the military for 20 years, I always had a knack for making others sound great on evaluations. It is describing myself on paper that has always been difficult. I continue to struggle with this, but I am proud to post this information because truly I am giving glory to God who has made all things possible and giving thanks to my beautiful bride, Christy, who supports me continuously.
I am from a very small town in Mississippi called Yazoo City. It is the last town traveling west after leaving the capital city before entering the Delta. It is mostly agricultural. My early years were spent farming, creek hopping, and just being a kid. We had little, but we had enough! Let me assure you, life is interesting in a small town especially when everyone, and I mean everyone, knows your mom. I was adopted by my paternal grandparents at a very young age.
At age 14, I learned a greater adoption had taken place when I asked Christ into my life after attending a youth camp. I have come to understand being a Christian is a lifelong journey where our challenge and charge is to fulfill the Great Commission of reaching everyone with the good news of Jesus Christ. God provided exceedingly in the small town I grew up in.
College, the Navy, and Beyond…
After high school, I attended a community college about an hour away for a year before leaving for the greatest Navy in the world. The plan was to serve for a couple of years then separate and attend college. Plans do change…
A year after joining, I met my future bride, married, and we began our family. The Lord would bless us with six children (3 boys, 3 girls). Since both of us were adopted by grandparents, there was always a longing for us to bless another child the way we were blessed. My wife obviously had the intention of blessing multiple children as our initial discussion was about one child. Now we have three adopted children. We love having a large family! Two of our children would be considered by society as “special needs” although most would never know. My wife has been instrumental in campaigning for children requiring certain services. As a result, our children have received the costly and intensive counseling needed to assist them in preparing for life as young men. God has journeyed with us through the valleys, as well as stood with us upon the mountain tops.
While serving in the Navy for 20 years, we were blessed to serve in local churches/chapels around the world including London, Virginia, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Illinois. It was during this time that I felt the leading of the Lord to serve Him in any way He chose. My ministries over the years have included teaching small groups, leading evangelism outreach programs, co-coordinating conferences, serving as the Lay Leader (Chaplain) aboard two ships conducting Sunday services and evening prayers, serving on various committees, being a deacon, preaching, and various other ministries. Currently I am the Education Director of my church and also assist a church plant.
In the military, there is your main job and then there are other jobs at times totaling eight or more hats worn at one time. My twenty-year career began as an Undesignated Seaman. Basically, I joined without a job title. Later, upon reaching the E-6 rank, I wanted to become a Command Career Counselor (CCC). Basically, a CCC’s work relates to everything in a Sailor’s career (i.e. education, retention, retirement, advancement, or clearance would come through my office). It was often joked whether a Sailor was happy or mad that it was my fault! It took lots of studying and many verbal boards by those well above my paygrade, but ultimately I was approved. This new job meant I only worked for two people at any command—the top officer and the top enlisted. This was an extremely challenging job, but each morning I put my feet on the floor and could not wait to get to work. I loved it! I loved the interaction with each Sailor despite their rank, and I loved assisting them from beginning to end of each area of their career.
During my last shore tour in the Navy, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University. Later I would finish my Master of Arts in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a teaching accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International. Currently, I am completing a Master of Divinity in Leadership also from Southern Seminary. It is my belief we never stop learning. Whether enrolled in higher education or walking through an exegetical study of the Bible, there is always something new to learn!
At the end of my final tour in the Navy (Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL) I was offered the newest carrier (USS Gerald R. Ford) to be the lead CCC and my last advancement (E-9) was guaranteed. But twenty years of moving across oceans with many children and animals in tow, mostly alone, had taken its toll on my lovely bride. Christy has always been my biggest advocate, my loudest cheerleader, and my strongest supporter, but she was ready for a change in my work. So, May 2013, I left the Navy and settled into my new role at Indianapolis University Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI) as the Testing Coordinator. Our team was responsible for campus-wide classroom assessment. It was a major shift in pace from what I had become accustomed to, but God allowed this change in pace so I could become a more active husband and father. I am very grateful for the leadership at IUPUI Testing Center who extended me this opportunity to serve immediately following my transition from the military.
Serving Christ at Crossroads
It is my honor to now be serving as Dean of Enrollment Management (EM) and to be a part of the great team at Crossroads Bible College. Two years ago while completing an assignment for a class, I met Dr. Piotrowski. I was impressed by Crossroads Bible College’s staff. The professionalism and customer service shown to me that day left a lasting impression. I remember leaving that day thinking how wonderful it would be to join their team one day.
God works in many ways!
One of the happiest moments in my ministry was when I learned I had been selected to serve as Crossroads’ new Dean. Not only has God allowed me join His team at Crossroads, but also the opportunity to work alongside the students, parents, community leaders, alumni, ministry leaders, staff, and faculty. I am honored!
The vision of the EM team is to work as a cohesive unit to fulfill the mission of Crossroads Bible College: “To glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.”
May God receive the glory!