Dr. William J. Walker was among the 2018 Great Moments honorees at the 141st Annual Session of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of SC at Morris College recently. Dr. Walker was honored for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ 50 years and more.
Dr. William J. Walker was called to preach by God at the age of nineteen while a member of the Bright Temple A.M.E. Church, Bronx, New York.
Dr. Walker is a native of Georgetown.
He is the son of the late Mr. Nathaniel Walker of New York and Mrs. Rebecca Walker of Georgetown.
He and his wife, Betty Metcalf Walker, have one son, LaSeth Walker.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio, Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Missouri, and a Doctor of Theology Degree from Columbia State University in Louisiana.
He has also earned 32 hours towards a Master of Education Degree at the University of South Carolina, and participated in additional studies at the Payne Theological Seminary in Ohio, Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and the Interdenominational Center in Chicago.
Dr. Walker was an outstanding track and field performer and was selected as NCAA Small College All-American. He has worked as a teacher and coached track, basketball, and football teams.
He is the retired Executive Director for the Georgetown County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the South Carolina Council of Alcohol and Drug Authorities.
He presently serves as Director of the Little Pee Dee Center, Moderator Emeritus of the Little Pee Dee Baptist Educational and Missionary Association, and Chair of the Latta Area Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship. Dr. Walker is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.