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June 28, 2018

Faces of Fauquier: Pastor works to serve the poor

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“Bealeton is country,” Rev. Tyrone Green says. “It’s country in a good way; it’s a simple life.”
We somehow think that if something is affecting someone else, it doesn’t affect me. But, I think we’re all connected to each other. There’s a need to realize we’re all connected.
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The Southern Fauquier minister’s phone started to ring off the hook in January.

“People kept on calling me in need of stuff” — food, money and help to pay household and hotel bills, recalled Rev. Tyrone Green, pastor of Hearts Delight Baptist Church near Catlett. “We gave and gave and gave from our church. It just wouldn’t stop.”

Because the small, predominantly African-American church couldn’t handle the demand, Rev. Green referred them to local private and government agencies that assist the poor.

“After that, I called around” to those providers, said the 49-year-old Bealeton man, who by day works as a program manager for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. “I found out there was a gap. They could not meet the needs of a lot of the homeless.”

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So with the help of two other churches — Mt. Horeb United Methodist near Catlett and Zoar Baptist near Bristersburg — Sheriff Bob Mosier and Fauquier County Social Services Department Director Jack Ledden and Rev. Green last fall established the Hope Warming Center.

From Feb. 17 to March 17, the center “rotated” weekly “from church to church,” the pastor explained. Beginning this year, the center expects to operate November to March.

“We all have a tiger team of people who are working with” the county social services department, said Rev. Green, who serves as chairman of the center’s six-member board. “During those cold weather months, when it goes below 30 degrees, we are able to use our multipurpose rooms to be able to support any type of male or female — give them some type of lodging and food so they don’t have to freeze to death.”

To his surprise, the churches housed no homeless during the center’s first month.

He later learned that the homeless frequently resist accepting help, especially from a new organization, Rev. Green said.

“It was an eye-opener. We thought we would have droves coming. It was the direct opposite. You’ve got to establish yourself. You’ve got to show you’re not a fly-by-night.”

While no one spent a night at the three churches, volunteers delivered food to about 20 people who lived in the Fauquier Hotel on Route 29 south of Opal, Rev. Green said.

He and his family moved from Laurel, Md., to Bealeton in 2006 for a better “quality of life.”

“We weren’t in a place where we could raise our kids,” Rev. Green said.

An internet search led him to Fauquier.

“I come from a place where you say hello to people,” explained the minister, an Army “brat” who grew up in South Carolina. “And I just felt Bealeton was that kind of place. You try to become part of a community. I fell in love with that.”

About 12 years ago, his family joined Catlett’s Oak Shade Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and youth minister and headed the homeless ministry until 2016.

The previous year, Heart’s Delight’s pastor retired and Rev. Green applied for and got the job.

He had no doubt he wanted to lead a church in Fauquier.

“Preaching is a calling,” said Rev. Green, a member of the Fauquier County Ministers Coalition. “I love helping people; I love the Gospel; I love being in church; I love hearing God’s word.”

His 150-year-old church on Brent Town Road has about 50 active members and another 50 on the rolls.

• Age
49

• Home 
Bealeton

• Work
Program manager U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 1998-present; pastor, Hearts Delight Baptist Church, near Catlett, January 2016-present.

• Experience
Oak Shade Baptist Church, Catlett, 2006-16; manager, Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Sumter, S.C., 1996-18; program manager, U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 1992-96.

• Why did you become a minister?
Preaching is a calling. I love helping people; I love the Gospel; I love being in church.; I love hearing God’s word.

• Family
Wife Roselyn, 49; children: Teddy, 27, Andrea, 21, and Brandon, 19.

• Education
Preaching license, Northern Virginia Baptist Association Inc., 2012; ordained minister, Oak Shade Baptist Church, Catlett, 2016; bachelor’s degree, business administration and marketing, South Carolina State University, 1992; Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) Senior High School, 1987;

• Civic involvement
Sheriff’s chaplain, Fauquier Sheriff’s Advisory Board, 2016-present.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
About 12 years.

• Why do you live here?
I love the area. Before, we were in Laurel, Maryland. We weren’t in a place where we could raise our kids.

I’m from Orangeburg, S.C. This reminds me of South Carolina. Bealeton is country. It’s country in a good way; it’s a simple life. I come from a place where you say hello to people. And I just felt Bealeton was that kind of place. You try to become part of a community. I fell in love with that.

• How do you describe this county? 
Good folk. It’s a community that’s diverse. It’s a place where you can put your roots down. You can actually have your own piece of land and just do what you got to do and have neighbors and stuff like that and be a part of your community, be a part of your church.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I wish people would be more active, and we could just kind of come out of our box and try to take care of each other more. I would work on awareness.

We somehow think that if something is affecting someone else, it doesn’t affect me. But, I think we’re all connected to each other. There’s a need to realize we’re all connected.

• What do you do for fun? 
I love preaching; reading. I read a lot because of my job preaching. Quiet time, just being able to take time out from what I’m doing. Travel: We’re going to Paris next year, God willing. I’ve never been there.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Heart’s Delight Baptist Church, of course. It’s my sanctuary.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years? 
If we can stay active and come together as a community, it’ll stay like it is. But I think we’re going to find ourselves shifting.

Our young people are constantly being bombarded and giving into the different things of the world. I think it’s going to be a challenge. We have a lot of issues that are going on that we have to address. One is the drug issue. When it comes to mental health, suicide. Race relations is another.

Those are just some of the things that are just screaming.

We’re masking a lot of different issues. We’re just covering things up. The churches and the community have kind of got to deal with a lot of issues; we’ve got to do it together. The community’s got to walk together.

• Favorite TV show?
I don’t watch TV.

• Favorite movie? 
“The Matrix.”

• Favorite book?
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey.

• Favorite vacation spot? 
Virginia Beach.

• Favorite food? 
Chicken.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
From my father. My father always ingrained in me to think about what you were doing, that everything has consequences. I had a father who was always like that, who always forced me to think about my actions. I think I was blessed in that sense.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My heroes are my parents. They invested their life in me. They made sure that I didn’t have time to be idle. They really gave me their very best. I am the man I am because of them. Very much tough love, but very focused.

They weren’t people to complain. There was always an expectation to do well. They set the standards. Their standards were always high. It was never acceptable to be average. It was always be the best you could be. There was no room to feel sorry for yourself.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery? 
We don’t gamble. But, if I won $5 million, I would do my best to invest in something that would help people. Money doesn’t really do much for me. That would be too much money for me, anyway.

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