We Honor the Legacy of Pastor, Dr. Samuel A.N. Greer
February 1, 1923 – April 30, 2010
Please Keep the Family and the Shadydale Church Family in your prayers
As the under-shepherd at Shadydale Church of God, “The Church Where Everybody is Somebody”, I am committed to be an example. A guiding light that will bring men, women, and children to God by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and living a life that portrays God’s will according to His Holy word.
The Word of God presents the true standard of teaching. All scriptures are given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
We have no higher appeal than to the Bible itself; therefore, we must earnestly study the scriptures in order that we migh rightly divide the “Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Many people, however, do not have sufficient time to make the investigation or knowledge how that makes it necessary to give them unaided and satisfactory insight into the deep things of God.
I am the servant. Here at Shadydale, everybody is somebody because God did not make any junk. You need someone to assist you. You may call on me at anytime. I am of the Lord. I have been commissioned for such a time as this.
Dr. Samuel A. N. Greer, Pastor and Founder
PORTRAIT OF THE PASTOR & FOUNDER
Dr. Greer is a native of St. Augustine, Texas. He is the youngest son of 12 children born February 1, 1923 to the late Bishop James O. Greer, Sr. & Bertha P. R. Clark-Greer. Dr. Greer attended Greer Town Public School. As a young boy he was in regular attendance at Heaven Jerusalem Church under the leadership of his father. He moved to Houston, Texas in 1942 at the age of 18 yrs. He was introduced to and married Annie V. Robinson, August 30, 1945. Three sons, Samuel O’Neal, Donald Ray & Eric Feodor, were born into this union. In addition to being a devoted Husband, Father, and Church Pastor, Dr. Greer has been blessed to be a loving Father-in-Law, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, and Godfather.
In March 1954, Dr. Greer accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord & Savior. During this same year he became an active member of Liberty Road Church of God, presently New Liberty Community Church, under the leadership of the late Elder John Ervin, where he remained until 1962. He served as Chairman of Church Worship and as Assistant Sunday School Teacher for the Young Adult Class while at Liberty Road Church of God. Dr. Greer accepted his calling into the ministry in 1955. He enrolled periodically at Gulf Coast Bible College, presently Mid-America Bible College, from 1955-1974, where he completed eighty-two semester hours. In addition, he completed 39.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for Ministry via The School of Theology at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana. He became the Pastor of Second Avenue Church of God in Texas City, Texas, from 1962-1965, and was instrumental in locating and acquiring a facility of worship for the congregation. In the year of 1965, Dr. Greer was ordained to the ministry. Shortly thereafter, in May 1965, he founded and has faithfully remained the Pastor of Shadydale Church of God, Houston, Texas. He was appointed as interim Pastor for Liberty Road Church of God, Houston, Texas from February–October 1974. In June 1980, Dr. Greer established the South Polk Church of God in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Greer has served as the Vice-Chairman for the Southeast Texas District of The Church of God (SETEX), from 1968-1970, Southeast Texas District Credentials Committee from 1970-1975, and serving as Vice-Chairman for the committee from 1971-1975. He filled 1½ years of the remaining Vice-Chairman term as Chairman, and was reelected as Chairman for one term. He also served as Chairman for the Hallettsville Camp Meeting Association, presently Texas State Association, from 1972-1982. In addition, Dr. Greer served as Secretary for the Hallettsville Camp Meeting Church Extension from 1983-1989, and Chairman for the By-Laws Committee from 1992-1997.
On July 19, 2000, Dr. Greer was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Divinity from the Southern California School of Theology. During this same year, the Keeping Kids Off the Street Youth Program gave award recognition to Dr. Greer as “Pastor of the Year.” In addition, Dr. Greer was honored by the Southeast Texas District of the Church of God as the oldest Church of God Pastor in Texas.