Bishop Joseph Walker pastors one of the largest churches in the United States, Mt.Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN, which has grown from 175 members in 1992 to over 28,000 members today. Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one church, with three locations, offering 30+ ministries for social and economic enhancement of the Nashville community and abroad.
Named as one of the top 20 African-American Pastors in the country by TheRoot.com, Walker sits on noteworthy national boards, including the board of the American Red Cross, and holds a Governor- appointed post on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. The influential leader, while preaching seven services per week at Mt.Zion Church, has an international internet, television and radio ministry reaching hundreds of thousands around the world.
Bishop Walker will assume his role during a season where the church culture is wrestling with an array of challenges and negative media surrounding it. An astute, spiritual motivator, Walker has turned tragedy and hardship into triumph and testimony: in 2005, his first wife passed away due to cancer; in 2007, his home was destroyed by fire; and in 2012, a flurry of baseless and unmerited lawsuit allegations were filed against him. The adversities have tempered Walker to be a leader prepared to lead a movement. In 2009, Bishop Walker remarried; in 2009, Bishop Walker’s home was restored; and in 2012, the lawsuit allegations were dismissed 100% by the Tennessee Judiciary. As a champion of the faith, Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III continues to carry the message of love, faith and hope that has inspired the world for more than 2,000 years.
About FGBFCI: In 1992, Bishop Paul S. Morton founded the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, a movement to lead and teach born-again Christians how to become more strongly grounded in their faith in Jesus. FGBCFI is one of the largest African American Protestant religious organizations in the United States with an estimated 2 million members. FGBCFI headquarters are located in Atlanta, GA.
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About Bishop Joseph Walker, III: Noted as one of the most educated and influential leaders in the ministerial community, Bishop Walker, born in Shreveport, LA, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University; a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is the author of 8 books, including the current top selling title, “Becoming A Couple of Destiny. Bishop Walker also serves as the Bishop of Senior Pastors within the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. Walker is married to the former Dr. Stephaine Hale. She is the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Vanderbilt University and they have one beautiful daughter, Jovanni Willow Walker.