Alan Walker (theologian)

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Sir Alan Walker
Lifeline Founder, Dr. Alan Walker.gif
Born Alan Edgar Walker
(1911-06-04)June 4, 1911
Died January 29, 2003(2003-01-29) (aged 91)
Nationality Australian
Other names
"Mister Methodist"

"The Methodist Pope"
"That Nice Alan Warble"

"Conscience of The Nation"[1]

Education Doctor of Divinity
Occupation Christian minister, theologian and evangelist, social commentator / activist, [2]
Religion Methodism
Spouse(s) Lady Winifred Walker
Lynette Sue

Rev Bruce Walker
David Walker
Rev Dr. Christopher Walker

Rev. Alfred Edgar Walker

Violet Louisa Walker (née Lavis)

Awards OBE, AK

Sir Alan Walker AK, OBE, MA, DD (June 4, 1911-January 29, 2003) was an Australian theologian, evangelist, social commentator / activist, [3] broadcaster, and the former Superintendent of Wesley Mission (formerly the Central Methodist Mission).


Alan Walker was:


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. In its 50th year, Lifeline had over 11,000 volunteers and spoke to more than 500,000 people in crisis annually.(Lifeline Australia Annual Report 2011/12)

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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. [6]


  • 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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