Alan Walker (theologian)

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Sir Alan Walker
Lifeline Founder Dr Alan Walker.png
Born Alan Edgar Walker
(1911-06-04)4 June 1911
Died 29 January 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]
Spouse(s) Winifred Walker
Lynette Sue

Bruce Walker
David Walker
Christopher Walker

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,[3] and the Superintendent of Wesley Mission (formerly the Central Methodist Mission).


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Sir Alan 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)

Honours and awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

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 Walker) (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. [9]


  • 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 !. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  4. ^ It's an Honour: OBE
  5. ^ It's an Honour: Knight Bachelor
  6. ^ World Methodist Council page of World Methodist Peace Award recipients
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  8. ^ It's an Honour: Centenary Medal
  9. ^ Remembering Sir Alan Walker, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2 February 2003