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Former Cowboy Church pastor claims innocence

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 4:54 pm

In June, Mark Allen Green, former pastor of the Cowboy Church in Marshall County, said he turned himself over to authorities in Ellis County, Texas, after he was charged with the sexual abuse of a minor.

Green went on to say he spent 90 days in jail and, since then, a grand jury in Ellis County decided not to indict him on the charges after the child who made the accusations recanted her story.

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  • The American Citizen posted at 11:20 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    The American Citizen Posts: 91

    Looks like to me that Mr. Green is what we call a "wolf in sheep's clothing"...He left the unfinished floor to get out of dodge because he knew what he had done. He came to Albertville hoping no one would know his criminal background. Sure, people make mistakes and need to start a new life, but he was just on the run. God knows the TRUTH, and He will hold him accountable as well as the law will.

  • albertvillehigh1969 posted at 9:24 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    albertvillehigh1969 Posts: 1

    Pastor facing child abuse charges has criminal background

    Posted: Jun 06, 2012 6:12 PM CDT Updated: Jul 04, 2012 6:13 PM CDT

    By Stephen McLamb - bio | email

    Former pastor, Mark Allen Green, has a long list of previous charges from Texas.
    A Marshall County pastor now facing charges in Texas spent nearly a decade in the Texas state prison system before he was hired to pastor a church in Albertville.

    41-year-old Mark Allen Green is jailed on a half million dollar bond in Texas abuse of a child charges in Ellis and Navarro counties involving two victims under the age of 18.

    Looking at his criminal background, his life of crime appears to have begun before the age of 20. Over the years, he's faced numerous charges in at least six counties in Texas.

    State prison officials said Green first entered the state system in 1996 on theft and burglary of a vehicle charges.

    He was released in 1998 but was put back into the system in January 2001, and that's where he stayed until late 2007.

    Earlier this year, Green was hired to pastor the Cowboy Church of Marshall County in Albertville.

    One church official said he wasn't there but for a couple of months, that bad news followed him and he was terminated.

    Albertville Police confirm Texas investigators came in recent weeks to talk to Green.

    Texas officials say those talks led to his arrest last week when he turned himself in to authorities for his latest charges.

    Members of the Board of Elders have not responded as to whether they did a background check on Green before hiring him.

    Here is a list of charges against Green:

    Navarro County:

    Feb 1990-Traffic Offense

    June 1992-Theft Less Than $750

    July 1992-Revocation of Probation on Theft By Check Charge

    July 1992-Theft Under $200

    Dec 1992-Failure To Appear in Court and Speeding

    February 1993-Failure To Provide Identification

    Sept 1995-Revocation of Probation on Vehicular Burglary Charge

    Dec 1995-Failure To Appear in Court

    Jan 1996-Issuance of Bad Check

    Oct. 1998-Bond Forfeiture on Theft By Check Charge

    April 2010-Theft By Check

    July 2010-Assault (Domestic Violence)

    Ellis County:

    2003-Theft By Check

    2003-Theft of Less Than $500

    2003-4 Charges of Issuing and Passing Bad Checks

    Tarrant County:

    May 2000-Theft By Check

    May 2000-Theft of Livestock Under $20,000

    Parker County:

    Oct 1999-4 Charges of Theft Less Than $500

    Nov 1999-Theft Less Than $500

    April 2000-5 Charges Theft Less Than $200

    April 2000-2 Charges Theft Less Than $20,000

    Van Zandt County:
    •Unknown-Retained Hold on Green In Parker County

    Hood County:

    Unknown-Retained Hold on Green In Parker County

  • John Thompson posted at 6:06 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    John Thompson Posts: 405

    Cattle rustler too?

  • Al-Vet-Tech posted at 1:00 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    Al-Vet-Tech Posts: 5

    I certainly hope that the people that read this article do not take it for the truth.
    Mark Green is a con-artist and a liar.He stated that he has not written a hot check in a little over 15 yrs. According to records of Navarro, Ellis, Tarrant, & Parker Counties in Texas he has between 1998 and 2010 (2010 is only 2 yrs ago) 5 Theft by check charges, 1 assult domestic violence charge, Theft of livestock under $20,000, Theft of less than $500.00, Theft less than $200.00, and theft less than $20,000. This can be confirmed by just Googling- Mark Allen Green Texas- on your search engine. The church also did not know about all of Mark Greens criminal past or he never would have been hired. He was not on the up & up when interviewed about the job. It is the Churches mistake for not doing a background check on him. And not everyone that is a member of CCMC wanted him as Pastor. His 3 week stay at the Church caused alot of grief while he was there. He stole from the church. He was fired because he couldn't and wasn't doing the job he was hired to do. He has continued to cause grief to the Church the entire time he was in jail. And is still trying to cause it at this very minute. Yes, he was fired by the elders, what employer in their right mind wouldn't fire an employee like him? But as Mr. Forbes stated he was not fired because of anything done before he came here. It was what he done & didn't do after he got to Alabama. He also was not found innocent of his sexual abuse charge. He was released after the Jury No Billed his trial. That means that they just didn't have enough evidence to convict him. Not that they found him innocent. Stay in Texas Mark Green, we don't need or want you in Alabama!

  • oldchicken posted at 10:17 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    oldchicken Posts: 3

    Mark Green said " he is seeking a wrongful termination claim against those who fired him, because they failed to follow the church’s bylaws".
    Does this sound anything like what a pastor should be doing to a church?
    Also if Mr. Green has turned his " life around and being in the ministry and ministering" why did he not resign and apologize for all the hurt and embarrassment he caused the church and the cause of Christ?
    Sounds like all Mr. Green is after is money and attention.