Originally created 03/15/03

Singer's ministry founded on Truth



When John Mohr needed moral support at an audition about 30 years ago, he invited his friend Steve Green to tag along. It proved to be a turning point for them both.

Mr. Mohr, a bass singer, failed to get the break he was after: The director for the Christian singing group Truth was looking for a tenor. Mr. Green fit the bill.

His friend was shocked when he heard the director ask Mr. Green to try out. "It had been his lifelong dream to sing with them," said Mr. Green during a phone interview from his home in Franklin, Tenn., south of Nashville. Mr. Green toured several years with Truth nationally before joining Christian artist Bill Gaither's organization and later going solo.

Mr. Green performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans in a benefit for Augusta Christian Schools in Martinez.

Mr. Mohr still pursues music. Now serving as a missionary in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, "he has written many songs for me," said Mr. Green, whose records have sold more than 3 million copies and earned several Dove Awards.

He founded Nashville-based Steve Green Ministries in 1984. It's a family affair, with Patti McCarty, his wife's sister, and David and Judy Green, his brother and sister-in-law, playing supporting roles in running the ministry. His parents, former missionaries to Argentina, live next door to Mr. Green and his wife, Marijean, who also is a former Truth singer.

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woven in time
"God of Wonders"
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From his hub in Franklin, Mr. Green averages 75 to 85 concerts a year, mainly in venues east of the Mississippi River.

It was during a concert break a few years ago in Houston that he met Air Force Col. Rick Husband, the late commander of the space shuttle Columbia. The two became friends.

"We had a bond of similar faith. Our connection was a spiritual" one, said Mr. Green, who retold the story of their friendship several times after the Columbia disaster in February.

They weren't best friends, but the families had visited each other several times, he said. "When you are friends, you do life together."

Mr. Green and Col. Husband were both committed fathers. Col. Husband recorded video devotionals for each of his two children, a devotional for each of the 17 days he was in space.

Mr. Green was on hand for the Columbia's launch in January. And one of his songs, God of Wonders, from his latest CD, Woven in Time, was played on board the craft as a wake-up song for the crew.

"My music had been a help to him," Mr. Green said. "He was an encouragement and a good example to me. It was a mutually beneficial relationship."

For concert information, call 863-2905, ext. 136, or see the Web site www.augustachristian.org. For more information about Mr. Green, visit his ministry Web site at www.stevegreenministries.org.

ON STAGE

WHO: Steve Green

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans

COST: $14, $10 age 12 and younger in advance, $16 at door, fund-raiser for Augusta Christian Schools in Martinez.

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or vanorton@augustachronicle.com.