Chris and Carol Green
Founders of the Fruitful Life Network
Chris and Carol Green (doctors honoris causa) are authors, educators, professional life coaches, urban community leadership consultants, songwriters, poets, compassionate listeners, ordained ministers, trained international statesmen and students of life and the Bible. They are also traditional marriage & family advisers, conflict resolution mediators, mental wellness promoters and human rights advocates.
They have been happily married since December of 1980 and have successfully raised three sons. They have two daughters-in-law, two grand children, and a host of people throughout the world who call them 'mom and dad'. They are a husband-wife team, in the south central Pennsylvania region, who were commissioned to rebuild, restore and renew hearts and homes.
They served in local church pastoral leadership in Saint Louis, MO and Harrisburg, PA for a combined 30+ years, and in 2015, they stepped outside of the traditional church setting to directly connect with their community. Today, they employ a three-part network of ministries that has enabled them to synergies their personal success in marriage and family, with their vast wealth of professional and ministry experience. That 3-part network includes:
1.) Fruitful Life Family Connections, fostering healthy relationships in households and neighborhoods,
2.) Fruitful Life Learning Community, building healthy leadership in households and neighborhoods, and
3.) Fruitful Life Family Media, providing an online digital library of life-impacting video clips and audio podcast.
These community-supporting initiatives have included hosting free monthly workshops in an unemployment center, on-call support and training of the staff of a women's homeless shelter, training of mentors in an ex-offenders program, consultation with local service organizations, collaborating with various community outreach efforts, and maintaining a busy itinerary of local and national speaking engagements and opportunities. They have also provided coaching for individuals in the aftermath of divorce, help for families in crisis, and guidance for people searching for ways to break unhealthy lifestyle cycles and patterns.
For their community service, they received a Harambee 2019 Community Leadership Award and a United Way 2017 Volunteer of the Year Nomination. They also received Urban Leadership Awards (2016) and Community Ambassador Awards (2015) from iChange Nations™, and the Goodwill Ambassadors of World Peace Award (2015), as part of an Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative to the United Nations by Golden Rule International.
They have also been the recipients of honorary doctorate degrees (conferred in 2016 and 2018) in Christian Leadership (Chris), Humanities (Carol), and Society & Human Rights (both) to acknowledge their many years of service and significant contributions to society and the field of life coaching. Chris Green is also an award-winning producer of a local cable television broadcast (1999).
They have also served as local prayer and para-church team leaders in the My Hope campaign/ outreach of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Together, they have been the authors of 14 inspirational life-building books, and the creators of several blogs and eNewsletters. They are also accomplished songwriters, having penned and produced over 150 songs since 1992.
Their travels have taken them from coast to coast in the United States, to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, and West Africa.
For 11+ years, Chris and Carol Green served as the senior leaders of a church-plant and faith family, known as Urban Life Church, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to that assignment, for nearly 17 years (14 as associate pastors), they served the congregation of Metro Christian Worship Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. They faithfully supported that church in Missouri, and its non-profit, para church organization, by overseeing and laying the foundation for the teenagers, young adults, singles, and pre-marital programs and outreaches. Chris also laid foundation for the multi-media outreach (radio, TV and website design) and was the principal business manager of the church and its non-profit organization.
They became known as Dad Chris and Mom Carol to the young adults and teenagers because of the emotional and relational healing that came through their coaching and guidance. They used 'easy-to-understand' basic Bible teaching along with cultural and ethnic expressions of music and fine arts to help young people identify with God and Biblical principles. They have been involved in nearly every aspect of Christian Leadership and outreach, ranging from housekeeping and janitorial work to executive administration and pastoral care.
Chris and Carol Green received formal Leadership Training (a 5-year school of ministry) from Dr. Raphael Green (D.Ed.Min) who founded the Metro Christian Discipleship Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri; earning licenses and ordinations as ministers in May of 1991. To further enhance his education, Chris completed two business certification programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ School of Professional and Continuing Studies. They both completed a lay-counseling certificate program from the American Association of Christian Counselors.
They continued to expand and grow in their professional development through their enrollment in United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI), where they earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Christian Leadership, as well as certification as master life coaches through its College of Divinity: Educational Department. They currently serve as Professors and Vice Chancellors of Administrative Leadership at UGCSI, where they provide professional development for the institution's global team of educators.
Chris Green also serves on the Board of Directors of Metro Associates, Inc, a community outreach organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. As MAI's program director of media outreach, from 1989 until 2004, he helped coordinate itinerant travel and street outreach and events, produced an award winning cable TV broadcast, and established two music publishing companies called Heart of the Nation Music and Metro Arts Publishing, through the Arts and Productions division of Metro Associates.
Chris and Carol Green are not affiliated with any political party, religious dogma, or 'bandwagon' social movements. They have been under-the-radar leaders in a national phenomenon in which people of faith have been moving, by the thousands, out of their traditions and buildings to take healing and hope to their families and neighborhoods.