Elizabeth Johnson Walker

 Elizabeth Johnson Walker

Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.Sc., Huntingdon College,
M.D., Candler School of Theology,
D.T., Gammon Theological Seminary,

Elizabeth Johnson Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in Religion and Philosophy from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and the Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. She earned her doctorate in theology from Gammon Theological Seminary and the ITC, where she completed her dissertation on “A Model of Pastoral Counseling with African American Women.” Her clinical training was received at the Georgia Association of Pastoral Care in Atlanta. She is a licensed marriage and family counselor (LMFT), a Member Associate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology.

As a professional counselor and as a professor, Walker has balanced her counseling career with teaching courses such as “Pastor and Family Life,” “The Theory and Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy,” “The Expanded Family Life Cycle,” “Spirituality and Sexuality,” and “African American Context for Ministry: Focus on the Family.”

Her experiences as a pastor add to her exceptional professional counseling and teaching qualifications and distinguish her as one whose gifts will enhance the mission of LPTS to educate men and women for ministry in an environment that values learning in a diverse community.

Following several years of service as an active duty staff sergeant in the United States Air Force, during which she was recognized with several awards, Walker enrolled in seminary. A member of the United Methodist Church, she served as the student pastor of three churches in Alabama. After earning her M.Div., she became the pastor of Saint Paul United Methodist church in Montgomery, Ala. While there, she founded and served the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry at Alabama State University. Walker continued to minister in Alabama congregations until she relocated to Georgia to work on her doctorate. In Georgia she served as the resident chaplain for the Covenant Counseling Institute in Snellville and continues to serve in extension ministry appointments with the Alabama West Florida Conference. She is the first African American woman to be ordained and hold membership in this Conference.

In the church, the classroom, and the counseling field, Walker’s service has consistently addressed ministry in the world. She has traveled to various countries in Africa with the Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry to help promote transcontinental dialog among campus ministers in higher education. Closer to home, she has consulted in juvenile justice screening hearings for community placement of juvenile offenders, and from that experience has developed counseling models to support the families of troubled youth. Some of her publications in these areas include “Counseling African American Youth” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (2003), “Counseling African American Women” in the Journal of Pastoral Counseling (2001) and the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (2004), and “Called to Parent: Parenting as Vocation and Gift” in Working With Black Youth: The New Generation, edited by Dr. Ann Streaty Wimberly (Abingdon Press, 2005).

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