Alan Walker (theologian)
|Sir Alan Walker|
|Born||Alan Edgar Walker
4 June 1911
|Died||29 January 2003(aged 91)|
"The Methodist Pope"
|Education||Doctor of Divinity|
|Occupation||Christian minister, theologian and evangelist, social commentator / activist,|
Alfred Edgar Walker
Violet Louisa Walker (née Lavis)
|Awards||Knight Bachelor, OBE, Centenary Medal|
Sir Alan Edgar Walker OBE MA, DD (4 June 1911 – 29 January 2003) was an Australian theologian, evangelist, social commentator, broadcaster and activist, broadcaster and the Superintendent of Wesley Mission (formerly the Central Methodist Mission).
Alan Walker was:
- involved in the formation of the World Council of Churches
- Superintendent of the Methodist (later Uniting Church in Australia) Wesley Mission, Pitt Street, Sydney, 1958–1978 and one of the founders of the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) in 1955 and Lifeline in 1963
- first world director of evangelism for the World Methodist Council, 1978 to 1988
- involved in founding the World Methodist Evangelism Institute (located at the United Methodist-related Candler School of Theology at Emory University) in Atlanta, 1982.
- Principal of the Pacific College of Evangelism, now the Alan Walker College of Evangelism, in Sydney, 1982-1995.
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.
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)
Honours and awards
- 1955: Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 
- 1981: Knight Bachelor 
- 1986: World Methodist Peace Award
- 1997: Named as one of 100 people as an Australian Living Treasure 
- 2001: Centenary Medal 
Walker was born in Sydney on 4 June 1911 to the RevD Alfred Edgar Walker (1877—1966) and Violet Louisa Walker (née Lavis) (1881—1971). He was married to Winifred Walker (later Lady Winifred) (1916–2006) and they had four children, Lynette Sue, Rev Bruce Walker, David Walker and Rev Christopher Walker. He died in 2003, at an aged care center on Sydney's North Shore, aged 91. 
- 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 !.
- Alan Walker College of Evangelism
- Sir Alan Walker, World Methodist evangelist, dies at 91, World Faith Network
- Alan Walker Remembered, ABC Radio International's The Religion Report
- Alan Walker: A Many-Faceted Man Of God, John Mark Ministries
- 'A Study in Word and Deed' (Harold Henderson's eulogy for the Reverend Sir Alan Walker, Wesley Centre, Sydney, 11 February 2003)
- The Reverend Sir Alan Walker, Daily Telegraph, 31 January 2003
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- It's an Honour: OBE
- It's an Honour: Knight Bachelor
- World Methodist Council page of World Methodist Peace Award recipients
- It's an Honour: Centenary Medal
- Remembering Sir Alan Walker, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2 February 2003