Originally created 11/28/98

Singer's reward is family, music



Some 20 minutes into Steve Green's concerts, he stops the show to call home. A picture of his wife, Marijean, appears on a large screen as the audience listens in to the couple catching up on domestic life in Franklin, Tenn.

The phone call is his way of settling the unspoken question, "Where's Marijean," when he takes the stage alone these days, he said in a telephone interview from their home.

The Christian singer, five-time Dove Award winner, will perform a mix of traditional Christmas carols and music from his albums, Joy to the World and The First Noel at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The 75-voice Augusta Christian High School chorus will join the school's 40 elementary chorus's members as backup singers during the show. Augusta Christian Schools is sponsoring the performance.

Mrs. Green was part of every concert the first 10 years of their marriage and recorded three songs with her husband. But when daughter Summer, now 17, was entering her teens, the family's time on the road ended. The Greens stopped home-schooling and enrolled Summer and her brother Josh, now 12, in school.

The children's lives are increasingly rooted in Franklin, their time taken up "with activities and lots of good stuff," said their father.

Mr. Green grew up in Argentina, the guitar-playing son of missionaries. He lent his talents to worship services but he didn't participate any other way. "I considered my parents missionaries and I was a captive," he said with a laugh.

But since the Lord got hold of his heart in 1983, he has picked up the mantle and is an evangelist in his own right, he said.

His conversion came a few years after his marriage when his brother David confronted him at a family wedding. During his college years, Mr. Green had started living a dual life and gotten into sensuality and pornography. After a restless night, Mr. Green repented and over the next several days repaired his relationships.

In the 15 years since recommitting to the Lord, he has become more accountable by taking time to talk with the audience after a concert and getting a sense of their perspectives and insights.

People are discouraged today because they see moral behavior mocked, he said. "There is a sense that it makes no difference what you do, you can get away with anything. (Now) is an important time to remember that God sees everything, that even if right is not greatly rewarded, it is still right."

Virginia Norton can be reached at (706) 823-3336 or newsroom@augustachronicle.com.

In concert

Who: Steve Green

Where: Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

When: 7 p.m., Monday

How much: $11 reserved, $10 adult, $7 child age 12 and younger; $13, at the door.

Phone: 863-2905, ext. 136