Biographical Sketch of Pastor Larry J. Walker, Sr.
Pastor of the Oakland Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
“I will give you shepherds according to mine heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
Reverend Larry J. Walker, Sr., is a native of Pontiac, Michigan. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the New Bethel Baptist Church, located in Pontiac, Michigan under the Pastorate of Reverend Amos Johnson. He later served as an Associated Minister at the First Trinity Baptist Church, located in Flint, Michigan under the Pastorate of F.O. Hockenhull.
Pastor Walker is married to the former Vanessa Syphax and is the father of two children, Larry II, and Whitney Walker. Pastor Walker has two grand-daughters, Zoe and London.
He was sent by God to Pastor the Oakland Avenue Missionary Baptist Church (OAMBC) on August 10, 1986 and continues to serve for over 27.5 years. Shortly after assuming the Pastorate at OAMBC, Pastor Walker led the church to begin to build a new church building. On February 25, 1990, he led us into the new church and on May 17, 1997, we celebrated the mortgage burning for of our new church.
On Sunday, July 8, 2000, Pastor Walker led us in the dedication of our new Christian Education Building, named after the late Pastor William Wilson. Under Pastor Walker’s leadership, OAMBC has grown spiritually, numerically, and financially. Above all, Pastor Walker is a child of God, and a God-called, spirit filled Preacher of the Gospel of God concerning His Son, Jesus the Christ.
Pastor Walker holds degrees from Olivette College, William Tyndale College, and Ashland Theological Seminary. Presently, Pastor Walker is in pursuit of his Masters of Theology degree from Luther Rice Seminary. Pastor Walker was awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree from the S.J. Williams School of Religion.
During his pastorate, Pastor Walker has served for three years as Moderator of the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist District Association, member of the Wolverine State Congress, Wolverine State Convention, National Baptist Congress, and the National Baptist Convention. Pastor Walker was an instructor of the Metropolitan District Congress of Education and the Wolverine State Congress. He also served as chairman of the George Washington Carver Camp of the Metropolitan District Association.