4 Jun 1938 (Evening), p. 1, col. 3; p. 6, col. 3
Outstanding Churchman To Deliver Baccalaureate
Dr. John C. Walker, Of Waterbury, Connecticut, Will Give Charge To Class Of 1933, Yankton College, On Sunday June 12
Rev. John C. Walker, Ph. D., minister of the Second Congregational church, Waterbury, Connecticut, is to give the baccalaureate sermon Sunday, June 12, to the Joseph Ward Centennial class of Yankton college.
Dr. Walker is a graduate of Kalamazoo college where he was head of his class graduating in 1918 with a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude. During his undergraduate days he won prizes in mathematics, science, and philosophy.
After his graduation from Kalamazoo, Dr. Walker served in France during the war as second lieutenant. Following the war Dr. Walker went to work on the Canadian National railways but was persuaded to study for the ministry by a Presbyterian minister. The minister enlisted him in Sunday school work and believed that Dr. Walker showed certain aptitudes for Christian work. Dr. Walker then entered the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Manitoba College, Winnipeg, Canada in 1922. Finishing his work at Manitoba he took post-graduate study at Edinburgh and Cambridge universities. He received his master’s degree at the University of Manitoba and his doctor’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.
From 1929 to 1934 he was assistant at the First Congregational church, Montclair, New Jersey; a student at Union Theological Seminary; pastor of the Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn, N. Y.; co-pastor of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn, N. Y., which is a union of two famous Brooklyn churches, the Plymouth Church of Henry Ward Beecher and the Pilgrim Church of Richard Salter Storrs.
While in New York he was chairman of the Brooklyn church and Mission Federation Conference of Interantional [sic] Justice and Good Will, and moderator of the New York City association.
He has made three trips to Europe, one during the war, the second time with a view of pursuing post-graduate theology study in Edinburgh and Cambridge, and the third time with Dr. Sherwood Eddy’s American Seminary in 1934. On this third occasion, he preached under the auspices of the World Alliance for International Friendship in London, Liverpool, and Glasgow.
In 1935, he became situated at the Second Congregational church in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is moderator at present of the Naugatuck Valley association and is conference preacher and member of the board of directors of the Connecticut conference.
Interested In Writing
Dr. J. C. Walker has contributed to religious periodicals in this country and abroad, but most of his interests have been administrative. His hidden desire is to do some writing, but so far he has not been able to find the time on account of obligations in the parish, in the community, and in State Association work.
Recently Dr. Walker was elected a trustee of Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi.
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