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The Reverend Stephen A. Green


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 as Senior Pastor of Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York 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. He is married to Mrs. Braea Tilford Green, former Miss Kentucky USA, who serves with him in ministry.

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., Metropolitan AME Church, Harlem, NY, and St. Luke AME Church, Harlem, NY. He led these congregations in spiritual and fiscal growth through prophetic preaching, passionate worship, and community empowerment. Additionally, Rev. Green established the St. Luke AME Center for Peace and Justice to inspire social change through wellness, education, and activism.

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.

Braea Tilford Green is the founder of Grow Lead Inspire (GLI), a global movement committed to empowering young women and girls.
Braea is a passionate community advocate and public speaker. She believes deeply in intentionality, striving daily to become a truer, more beautiful version of oneself. She encourages others to do the same through self-reflection and creative expression in whatever form it may take.
In 2018, Braea made history as the third Black woman to represent Kentucky within the Miss Universe Organization. During her tenure as Miss Kentucky USA, she used her platform to promote the advancement of women of color.
Braea is married to Reverend Stephen A. Green and serves alongside him in ministry as the First Lady of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York.

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