Meet Samuel Green, an 8-year-old preacher: ‘God has my back’

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Meet Samuel Green, an eight-year-old boy from Jackson, Miss. who made his way to The Today Show for the impressive speeches he delivers as a preacher.

The pint-sized student appeared on the show Wednesday morning and talked to hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about his passion for preaching and the confidence he has at the pulpit.

“I really don’t get nervous because I know God has my back,” Green said.

His mother said she realized Green’s gift after he was invited to speak at a church in Birmingham, Ala.

“I was very surprised, my husband and I were very surprised just to hear Samuel preach without any notes or anything,” his mother Joann Green said.

Beverly Coleman has been the young boy’s mentor since he was just over a year old and joined the mother and son on the show to talk about Green’s academic skills.

“He was brought to me at 13 months by 18 months I knew he was gifted academically,” Coleman said, adding that Green’s work matched that of students almost twice his age.

For now, Green said he plans to continue to deliver sermons and hopes to one day to expand his profession to become both a preacher and a pediatrician.

He said: “I want to grow up to be a preacher and a doctor that takes care of children.”

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