He was raised Roman Catholic, and attended St. John’s Elementary School in Waterloo, through the 8th grade.
He attended St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Waterloo until the middle of his sophomore year, when the family moved to a farm near Jesup, Iowa.
He graduated from Jesup Consolidated High School in 1955 and worked at Rath’s Meat Packing plant in Waterloo before going to New York City to pursue the study of dramatics.
He returned to Iowa in early 1956 and joined the U.S. Navy in February 1956. He served nearly three years on a destroyer, the USS DE HAVEN (DD-727) in the Pacific and attended the nuclear tests at Eniwetok and Bikini in 1958.
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in December 1959 and returned to Iowa. The pastor has one brother, Michael Green.
In 1960 Pastor Green and his wife worked as cottage parents at the Iowa State Juvenile Home in Toledo, Iowa… and in 1961 moved to Tucson, Arizona.
From 1961 to 1966 he worked as a police reporter for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and then for the Tucson Daily Citizen from 1966 to 1971 as an investigative reporter. He was nominated in 1969 for a pulitzer prize for a 13-part-series on the Mafia in the United States and the Mafia activities of mob boss, Joseph (Bananas) Bonanno!
Converted in 1971 he quit the newspaper and the family moved to Collegedale, Tennessee where he attended Southern Missionary College. Pastor Green left college in 1974 to become an assistant pastor at the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Greensboro-Burlington, North Carolina. In 1975 he was called to pastor the Towson SDA Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 1977 he joined the Amazing Facts Radio & Television ministry of Joe Crews, as a traveling evangelist, preaching four-week long crusades across the United States.
In 1979 he returned to pastoral work, pastoring churches in Sioux City, Iowa and then in Waterloo, Iowa in 1981.
In 1982 he returned to Tucson, Arizona and worked for KOLD-TV ( Channel 13 ) as Editorial Director, and then, for one year as an aide to then Tucson City Councilman, Roger Sedlmayr.
In 1988 he was one of a group who formed a christian seventh-day non-denominational church in Tucson, Arizona… The Church Of The Everlasting Gospel, which he has pastored continually to the present time.