Dr. Richard Walker
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Dr. Walker began serving as senior pastor of Macland Baptist Church in August of 2000. He previously served churches in Texas, Alabama, and north Georgia. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1987 by South Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Covington Theological Seminary, where he earned the Doctor of Theology Degree in 1995. He has been married for more than 30 years to his wife Karen, who is retired surgical nurse, and they have an adult son and daughter-in-law.
His primary focus of ministry is the preaching of God's word week by week, and leading the staff and the church in carrying out the Great Commission. He is an avid reader and a long-time student of Theology, Bible Prophecy, and Christ-centered expository preaching, as well as modern political science and American history.
Minister of Music
Eddie was born in Dalton, Georgia and graduated from West Side High in 1974. He attended Walker County Tech and graduated with a diploma in drafting and design. He received his Associate of Divinity Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1985 and was ordained that same year by Center Point Baptist Church of Dalton, Georgia. he has served many years in the ministry at various churches through the southeast including Bush, Louisiana; Austell, Georgia, East Ridge, Tennessee, and Mableton, Georgia. He came to serve Macland in February, 2015.
Eddie married his high school sweetheart, Jodi, and they have been married for 40 years. Jodi has her own business, "KOLA KIDS"(custom clothing for kids), and she is a member of the sanctuary choir. They have three daughters April Lowery Ban, Carrie Lowery Jennings, and Miagan Lowery Cobb. Eddie and Jodi have been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren Kannon, Owen, Lucy, Amos, and Charlie.
Eddie enjoys hunting, fishing and just about anything outdoors and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. He is currently an active member in the Sons of Jubal, which is a male chorus made up of ministers of music who serve in churches throughout the state of Georgia within the Southern Baptist Convention.