Bishop-Designate Althea E. Greene is the daughter of Mae Cohens and the late Mr. Henry Cohens Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee. She is the mother of Eumecca Long and LaKesa Greene and grandmother to X’Zavier and Jase.
Bishop-Designate Greene was educated in the Memphis City Schools System, LeMoyne Owen and Tusculum College. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Art Degree, she responded to God’s call. She began to preach the Gospel in 1987 at Vollentine M.B. Church, where the late Rev. W.M. Fields Jr. licensed her. Bishop-Designate Greene continued her studies and graduated from Tennessee School of Religion with a Bachelors of Theology and a Masters of Theological Studies. She retired from Shelby County Schools after thirty- eight years of service. Presently, she is the operator of Greene’s Grill and Three Generations Catering. Bishop-Designate Greene has served as an on-call Chaplain at The Regional Medical Center and William Bowl Hospitals.
Bishop-Designate Greene took a leap of faith in November 2002 and responded once again to God’s powerful call. She organized Real Life Ministries and began services on January 5, 2003. Real Life Ministries moved to a new location in October 2010 mortgage free. Real Life Ministries celebrated its sixteenth anniversary in January and has ten active ministries.
Bishop-Designate Greene has received numerous awards that include the Award of Excellence from WMCTV-5 and MATCU. She was named Christian Educator of the Millennium sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter. In addition, Bishop-Designate Greene received the Crystal Apple Teacher Award from WMC-TV.
Bishop-Designate Greene is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and serves on the Spiritual Leadership Team for the Shelby County Chapter. Other memberships include: NAACP, SCLC, and Stand for Children.
Bishop-Designate Greene is an affiliate of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, where she currently serves as Treasurer for the West Tennessee Region. Additionally, she serves as Regional Director for Emerging Churches for the Central Region and President of Mid-South Covenant Churches. Pastor Greene was recently appointed Bishop Designate by Bishop Andre T. Beatty, and the executive Council of Kingdom Culture Assembly of Churches and Ministries. She is a member of New Friendship MB Church, under the dynamic leadership of Pastors Paul and Co Pastor Debra Reed. Her passions include: teaching, preaching, reading, traveling, shopping, and grilling. Bishop-Designate loves the Lord, and gives God the Glory in her Pastoral work.
Most recently, Bishop-Designate Greene was appointed to serve District 2 on the Shelby County School Board in February by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.