Pastor Takes Wisdom From Life Experiences

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The night before Jeff Green found his salvation 18 years ago, he was at a Pink Floyd concert on acid.

"If my graduating class voted anyone least likely to become a minister I might not have been voted No. 1, but I probably would have been top five," Green said.

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Pastor Dan Green, wife Lynn, children Timothy, Paul, Luke and Hannah.

Green, the pastor of the Potter's House Christian Fellowship Church, said he was raised completely without the knowledge of God, and had given his life over to drugs, alcohol and immorality.

Then, that night at the concert, at the age of 20, a friend told him about God's forgiveness, and since then, Green has been promoting the great commission of Jesus -- the last words He spoke to his disciples. "Go ye into all the world and preach this gospel, this good news to every creation."

Green moved to Payson six months ago, and has devoted his time to reaching lost people at whatever age or place they are in life.

"We take time in our services, if there are people who are in need in their physical body, to pray for them and believe in God for a miracle," Green said. "We are a Pentecostal church, meaning we believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues."

Green believes the Potter's House is responding to a local need.

"All you have to do is just hang out for a little bit and read the police blotters and start getting a feel for what's going on," Green said.

Potter's House brings its evangelical mission to the youth of Payson every other Friday night until Sept. 16.

Usually, Green brings his video projector to Rumsey park and shows movies geared toward teens -- skateboarders giving their testimonies, a Christian version of, "The Fast and the Furious" -- and he said has reached a few.

Green said that God gave him a second chance concerning his morality. His wife Lynn, was his first date after he became a Christian. They have been married 14 years and have four children.

"Without them, I would have no ministry at all," he said.

Five years after his conversion he answered an appeal to minister. He pastored in Ohio for seven years and his education is hands on.

"We believe the best place for a future preacher or minister to become a minister is as a layman in the church... very similar to Jesus calling his 12 disciples. They were untrained men and He said come follow me and I will make you a fisher of men."

The congregation meets in the cafeteria at Julia Randall Elementary School for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (928) 468-6142.

This story is a another part of the Roundup's continuing series on how the churches in the Rim Country add beauty and grace to our community.

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