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About Pastor Marjorie Walker

Burns United Methodist Church welcomes its new pastor, Rev. Marjorie Walker, on the first Sunday in August 2011. Rev. Walker, the daughter of Larkin Walker and Bobbie Jean Quinn Walker, is a native of Tylertown, Mississippi.  Marjorie Walker is blessed to be one of six sisters and four brothers.  During her high school years, she taught Sunday school.  Her great uncle, ďMatt,Ē and Reverend C. F. Jackson, inspired and influenced her to become a youth counselor and coordinator at her local church.  Because of her conscientious involvement in church school, she received an award for perfect attendance in 1975.   

A product of the Tylertown school system, following graduation from Tylertown High School she attended Delgado Junior College in New Orleans, Louisiana and received an Associateís of Arts Degree in Computer Information Science in 1980. Upon receiving her Associate Arts Degree from Delgado Junior College, immediately thereafter, she was employed by the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a computer services/data-processing specialist. 

Rev. Walker earned a Bachelorís of Science Degree in Business Administration from Rust College in 1983.  While at Rust, Rev. Walker received numerous academic awards including the Presidentís List; Deanís List, Honor Roll, and the Senior Award.  She was also recognized by Outstanding Young Women of America and Whoís Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.  She became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.   Not only was she involved in her academic work, she also continued her dedication to the United Methodist Church through involvement in Sunday school and serving as a church leader.  In 1987 she entered the Interdenominational Theological Center/Gammon Seminary. At Gammon Seminary she received a Masterís Degree of Divinity as an honors graduate and National Deanís List scholar. 

Rev. Walker was ordained a Deacon by the Mississippi Conference United Methodist Church in 1986 and as an Elder in 1990.  Her pastorates in the MS Conference included Aldersgate (Jackson) 87-89; Kynett/Pilgrim (Brookhaven) 89-91; Lampton-New Zion (Columbia) 91-93; St. James ( Ocean Springs), St. Stephens (Gautier), St. Mark (Pascagoula) 93-95; and Wesley/Barlow (Kosciusko) 95-96.  In addition to pastoral appointments, Ms. Walker served the MS Conference on various levels including Conference Committees on Status and Roles of Women, Religion and Race and Ethnic Local Church. Association and as a tutor with the Mississippi Rural Center. Her willing service to her community continued in both Jackson and Attala counties. 

In April 1996 Rev. Walker was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force and was subsequently stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter, Alabama as a Protestant Chaplain.  Upon her arrival and appointment to the Maxwell she became a Captain.  She was assigned as the Hospital Chaplain.  She was responsible for the provision of spiritual care to the 42nd Medical Group, and the active duty members and their families who received medical attention in Montgomery area hospitals.  Along with her hospital duties, Ms. Walker also taught Third and Fourth Grade Sunday School Class; provided counseling to students, staff, and active duty personnel; preached at regular and childrenís worship services and administered invocations, baptisms, weddings and funeral services.  Her Hospital Ministry has resulted in the formation of an Intercessory Prayer group and  Bible Study group, distribution of religious and inspirational literature in hospital waiting areas and the chapel and a special welcoming ministry to new mothers and babies.  She was awarded the Governorís Service Award from the state of Alabama. 

Continuing a tradition that was begun as early as her high school years, Rev. Walker has always been an active member of the communities where she has lived.  She was involved in numerous community projects while serving in the Jackson area.  In Brookhaven she provided diligent leadership to the local food pantry, the Ministerial Association, Habitat for Humanity and to children through volunteer service with the Brookhaven School System and she wrote articles for the local newspaper.  Her community service in the Columbia area included serving as secretary-treasurer to the Marion County Ministerial Association. 

In September 1999, Rev. Walker was selected among an elite group of clergy who served as a Chaplain Resident at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Clinical Pastoral Education.  She was rated with the highest level of performance as a Chaplain Resident.  Rev. Walkerís clinical duties included both the VA Medical Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In June 2000, Rev. Walker was assigned to the United Methodist Church Waynesboro Circuit: St Luke UMC, St. Mark UMC, Mt. Zion UMC and Pleasant Ridge UMC, Waynesboro, Mississippi as pastor.  In addition to her pastoral duties she  became a member of the Girl Scouts of America.  She did a monthly radio broadcast for the United Methodist Churches of Wayne County.  

Since June 2002 to present, Rev. Walker was assigned to Samuel Chapel UMC as pastor and the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry as Campus Ministry Director.  Under her leadership the ministries have been taken to another level of excellence.  Just to highlight a few:  the Health and Wellness Ministry planted and harvested a Community Garden.  The community garden provides fresh and healthy vegetables for the church and community.  Marjorie serves as lead person for the Society of St. Andrews Gleaning Ministry.  This ministry provides fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year for families who are able to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for themselves.  The Ministry of Marriage was another highlight for the church and community that was planned, organized and implemented by Marjorie.  This ministry undergirds the importance of strengthening and supporting marriage.  It was indeed a success.      

Rev. Marjorie Walker strongly believes that all of her achievements are gifts from God.  She knows that if it was not for the Lord on her side, she can do nothing.  Everything sheís got and all that she is comes from God through His precious Son Jesus Christ.  Her only boasting is in the Lord.  For He is everything to her.

Rev. Walker also professes that during any of lifeís challenges, God will never leave you nor forsake you.  We as Godís children must hold on and donít give up.  Jeremiah 29: 11-12 state, ďFor I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.Ē 

Rev. Marjorie Walker always gives thanks to her Heavenly Father for His Son Jesus Christ.  Rev. Walker knows that Jesus makes it possible to attain Godís grace and mercy.  To God be the glory forever and ever more.  Amen.

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