Walker receives UM renewal award

P1020275December 1, 2014

Good News bestowed the Ed Robb Jr. United Methodist Renewal Award on the Rev. Mike Walker, a founding director of Good News in 1967 and one of our lifetime board members.

The award is presented to a clergy or layperson that has clearly demonstrated his or her dedication to the renewal of the UM Church. It is named after the Rev. Edmund Robb Jr., who served as a Good News director and chair of the board for a two-year term. Robb was a fruitful evangelist known widely for his tireless efforts to renew the UM Church. He is most widely remembered for joining with Dr. Albert Outler to establish A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE), a ministry that continues to have a lasting impact on the future direction of the church.

Walker was presented with the award on November 20 during Good News’ President’s Dinner, hosted by the Rev. Rob Renfroe, president and publisher. Over two hundred friends and supporters of Good News turned out for the event at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas. The Rev. Dr. Jim Heidinger II, past president of Good News, was on hand to present the award to Walker.

A 1966 graduate of Perkins School of Theology, Walker was ordained an Elder in the Methodist Church in 1967. He served as a pastor in the North Texas Annual Conference for 42 years leading some of the conference’s most dynamic and mission oriented congregations.

In addition to serving five churches, Walker was a founder of Impact Camp, an evangelical camping program for children and youth in the North Texas Annual Conference. He also co-founded and helped lead the North Texas Evangelical Fellowship for over 40 years. The fellowship continues to be a vital source of renewal and reform efforts in North Texas.

On a national level, Walker was instrumental in the creation of Catalyst, an evangelical publication for United Methodist seminarians. He served as the publication’s editor for ten years, and as its production editor for 30. He was also a founding board member of The Mission Society, a missionary sending agency with over 225 missionaries now serving around the world.

Never shy about being identified with the Good News movement and evangelical causes, Walker was still elected a jurisdictional conference delegate in 1988, 1992 and 1996, and was elected a General Conference delegate in 1992.

In making the presentation, Heidinger said of Walker, “His ministry is a genuine and impressive model of Christian maturity — one who has continued on toward perfection in his walk, and lived and ministered as a beautiful example of Christian servanthood.”

— Good News Media Service

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