I had the honor and privilege to work under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lothair Green at San Carlos United Methodist Church in San Diego, CA where I served as its first full-time youth director. Dr. Green is probably one of the best pastors that I truly admire. His sermons were not only educational but uplifts your spirituality. My wife and her mom, who regularly attended San Carlos with me, continue to give praises to his sermons up to this day.
I also love his sense of humor. When our Director of Music, Gary, was leaving for a stint at a large Roman Catholic church in Florida, Dr. Green prayed during the send off party “Bless him that through his music he may make them Methodists inasmuch as he tried to make us Catholics.”
In 2005, Dr. Green decided to retire. He called me into his office and showed me his books in two large bookshelves and asked me to find a new home them.
It so happened that the library of Wesley Divinity School in Cabanatuan City (Philippines) was destroyed by a fire. I used to stay there when I was in college and its president was one of my favorite college professors.
So, my wife and I gathered all his books and packed them in two huge balik-bayan boxes. Man, they were heavy!