Dr. Richard Walker
Richard Walker began serving as interim-pastor at Hurt Road Baptist Church in March of 2019, and was called as pastor on April 28, 2019 by unanimous vote. He has was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1987, and has served as the pastor of churches in Texas, Alabama, and Georgia. During his years 30 of pastoral ministry, he has served as the moderator of the Noonday Baptist Association and on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, as well as on various state convention committees and boards and local association committees. He has preached and offered prayer before the Georgia House of Representatives on numerous occasions, and at other civic functions, and he has been an instructor at Heritage Bible College in Huntsville, Alabama and at an extension of Shorter College in Summerville, Georgia. Churches he has served have been recognized by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board on for Sunday School growth, evangelism effectiveness, and missions giving and support. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University (B.S. 1986), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDivBL, 1989), and Covington Theological Seminary (ThD, 1995). He is a Board Certified Pastor Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Pastor Walker's beautiful wife, Teresa, is a nurse practitioner, an avid student of the Bible, and is an experienced medical missionary, having ministered in Nicaragua, Ghana, China, and other nations of the world. Teresa is a graduate of Brenau University (BSN, 1995) and Kennesaw State University (MSN, 1997), and has completed work toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through Liberty University. She has served as a clinical preceptor and adjunct faculty member for Family Nurse Practitioner students at Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and Vanderbuilt University. A published author and Certified Bereavement Counselor, Teresa has volunteered seeing patients at a local medical clinic for the working poor, counseled women experiencing crisis pregnancy, served as a Board member for the American Heart Association (Cobb County Chapter) and Chaplain for the state GAMA. Richard and Teresa have four children and five grandchildren.