Alan Walker (theologian)

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Alan Walker
Lifeline Founder, Dr. Alan Walker.gif
Born Alan Walker
(1911-04-06)6 April 1911
Died 29 January 2003(2003-01-29) (aged 91)
Nationality Australian
Known for Australian Christian minister, theologian and evangelist.
Awards OBE

Alan Edgar Walker, OBE (4 June 1911 — 29 January 2003) was an Australian Methodist minister.

Alan Walker was:

In 1986, Walker was awarded the World Methodist Peace Award[1] and, in 1997, was one of the 100 people named as an Australian Living Treasure.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Alan Edgar Walker was born in Sydney 4 June 1911 to the Rev. Alfred Edgar Walker (1877—1966) and Violet Louisa Walker (née Lavis) (1881—1971). Walker was married to Winifred Walker (1916–2006) and they had four children.[citation needed]


Walker launched Lifeline in Sydney, Australia in 1963 after a call from a distressed man who three days later took his own life. Walker launched a crisis line which initially operated out of the Methodist Central Mission in Sydney.

Lifeline Sydney was two years in planning and preparation, with 150 people attending a nine month training course to work at the Centre. A century old, dilapidated building owned by the Mission, on the fringes of downtown Sydney was renovated for the purposes of this new support centre. A staff of full-time employees was appointed to direct the work of these new telephone crisis support workers. The Director General of Post and Telephone Services authorised that this crisis support service should be listed on the Emergency Page of the Telephone Directory and the phones were installed.[citation needed]

March 1963 saw the opening of the first official Lifeline Centre. The initiative was well received with over 100 calls for help being answered on the first day. Now[when?] in its 50th year, Lifeline has over 11,000 volunteers and speaks to more than 500,000 people in crisis every year.(Lifeline Australia Annual Report 2011/12)


  • Don Wright. Alan Walker: Conscience of the Nation. ISBN 0-85910-836-8. 
  • Harold Henderson. Reach for the World: A Biography of Alan Walker, Discipleship Resources, Nashville Tennessee, 1981. No ISBN !. 

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