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160 S. Hollywood Street
Memphis, TN 38112

The Board Office
Phone: (901) 416-5447
Fax: (901) 416-9787
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Althea Greene | Vice Chair | District 2

Bishop Althea E. Greene is the Vice Chair of the Shelby County Board of Education, and the Chair of the Evaluation Committee. She 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 Greene was educated in the Memphis City Schools System, received her Bachelor of Science at LeMoyne Owen College, and earned her Masters of Art Degree from Tusculum College. After graduating, she responded to God’s call and began to preach the Gospel in 1987 at Vollentine M.B. Church, where the late Rev. W.M. Fields Jr. licensed her. Bishop Greene continued her studies and graduated from Tennessee School of Religion with a Bachelors of Theology and a Masters of Theological Studies. In addition, she also received a Doctorate in Theology. 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. She has also served as an on-call Chaplain at The Regional Medical Center and William Bowl Hospitals.

Bishop Greene took a leap of faith in November 2002 and responded, once again, to God’s powerful call. She organized Real Life Ministries began services on January 5, 2003. Real Life Ministries just celebrated its 18th anniversary and has ten active ministries.

Bishop 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 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.

Pastor Greene is the first Memphis born, African American female consecrated as a Bishop. She was consecrated by Bishop Andre T. Beatty, and the executive Council of Kingdom Culture Assembly of Churches and Ministries. She has a dual membership at the New Friendship MB Church and at Christ Missionary Baptist Church. She is under the dynamic leadership of Pastors Paul, Co-Pastor Debra Reed and Dr. Gina M. Stewart. Her passions include: teaching, preaching, reading, traveling, shopping, and grilling. Bishop loves the Lord, and gives God the Glory in her Pastoral work.

Bishop Greene was appointed to serve District 2 on the Shelby County School Board of Education in 2019, and was recently elected by her constituents in 2020.

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