The Reverend John L. Walker, Sr., was born the eldest of two boys (John
& Edgar) to the late Deaconess Harriet W. Grady and the Late John L.
Grady. Born and reared in Wilmington, N.C., his mother was a faithful
member of the Central Baptist Church where she carried the boys from
infancy. At fourteen, John accepted Christ and began his service through
teaching Sunday School, serving on the Junior Usher Board, Junior Choir
and the Baptist Young Peoples’ Training Union. In 1944, he graduated
from Williston High School and worked at the Local Shipyard painting
Liberty vessels. In 1945, he migrated to Harlem, NY, and that same year
he moved to Brooklyn, NY and joined the Concord Baptist Church where he
also served on the Junior Usher Board and Junior Choir.
While serving in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA, he met and
married Fannye Brooker. Out of this union came four boys: Ronald, John
Jr., Marc, and Paul. Upon their return to NY, John worked as a member of
Local 3 Electrical Union and worked for Illumination Products Industry
while studying to become a Journeyman at night. In 1954, John received
his certification from Brooklyn Evening Technical School. While on the
job he met his life long friend the Late Rev. Theodore Jackson, who
would later become Assistant Pastor of the St. Mark Church. Later, John
and Fannye joined the Living Stone Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY, where
he served as President of the Men Fellowship, President of the Men
Usher Board, Secretary of the Deacon Board, Superintendent of the Sunday
School and the Assistant to the Pastor, The Rev. Dr. Ernest J.
In 1964, John and Fannye joined the Merrick Park Baptist Church of
Jamaica to facilitate the founding of the St. Mark Baptist Mission. In
1971, John was ordained by the Rev. Curtis G. Norton, and The Merrick
Park Baptist Church. After three years of growth of the mission, they
established the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. For a few years the
Church occupied the first floor and basement of the Pastor’s home.
Because of the continued growth of the church the Pastor and his wife
purchased the building in which they now reside, for the church. Seven
years later after further growth, the church moved to its present
More about Rev. John L. Walker, Sr.
Rev. John L. Walker, Sr., is also the well-loved, well-respected
Grandfather of nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His
motto: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint”. (Isaiah 40:31) God continues to
richly bless his life and ministry.
The Reverend Fannye Brooker Walker is the middle child of five children
born to George and Beaulah Booker in Macon, Georgia, and was raised in a
very religious home by grandparents Sarah and Jack Gibson and a very
dedicated aunt, Rosa Jinks. Fannye attended community Sunday Schools
and, as a teenager, was baptized at the Macedonia Baptist Church. There
she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and participated in
Missionary outreach programs. She graduated from a religious High School
as Valedictorian and Beda-Eta Business College. Employed by the Booker
T. Washington Community Center Outreach Programs, she was recruited by
the U.S. Naval Department Bureau of Aeronautics and moved to Washington
where she met and married the man of her life, John L. Walker. On to
Brooklyn, they joined the Living Stone Baptist Church where she served
as Youth Superintendent, Church Musician, Deaconess and President of the
Queen Ester Missionary Society. In 1967, she received a Bachelor of
Theology Degree from American Divinity College. In 1968, she assisted
her husband John in establishing the St. Mark Mission in the basement of
their home. In 1971 they co-founded St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church.
Most of the first children have grown up to become educated, spiritual
leaders and great assets to the communities.
In 1982, Fannye earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from
York College (CUNY), received several honors and was listed in Who’s Who
in National Universities and Colleges of America. She offered
rehabilitation counseling and referrals for adults and children and set
up a community rap session for teens and young adults. She has worked at
Astoria Supportive Services, Builders for Family and Youth, the
Catholic Diocese of NY, St. Christopher’s Home of Brooklyn and Mission
of the Immaculate Virgin, Mt. Loretto, Staten Island.
More about Rev. Fannye Walker
Ordained in 1986 she began serving as Co-Pastor of St. Mark Church. In
1990, she earned a Master of Science Degree from St. John University and
attended the Queens Federation of Churches, she has also served as an
Advisory Board Member of the Carver Federal Savings Bank, Pastoral
Counselor for North Shore Hospital (HIP), Counselor and Member of the
Free Women in Christ Conference, Merrick Park Baptist Church, Secretary
of the Board of Directors South Ozone Park Senior Citizens Association,
Member of the Social Action Committee of the Baptist Ministers
Conference of Queens and Vicinity, the Women Christian Conference, and a
Lifetime Member of the NAACP of Jamaica.
Rev. Fannye B. Walker also has three sons: Ronald, John Jr., and Paul, 8
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her motto: “To God be the
Glory for great things he has done. He picked up the broken pieces of my
life and made me whole.” God continues to richly bless her life and
February 2001 this Prayer Line Ministry was funded by a visionary, a
woman of God, a woman of integrity and determination, Elder Debora E.
Williams. When Elder Debora answered the call of God to birth this
ministry, she felt compelled to carry out the mandate God has given her
to encourage new believers as well as mature Christians to develop a
Disciplined Prayer Life. Elder Debora has a desire to live a life worthy
of the call God has on her life. God has blessed Evangelist Debora with
the ability to set the tone for this Prayer Line which gives a clear
understanding of the Word of God and the Power of Prayer.
Prayer Line Ministry is composed of men, women and young adults who
have a strong desire to draw closer to God through Prayer. We feel we
have an on-going responsibility to pray for the needs of all people all
over the World which includes: our sick and shut-in, those who are in
hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. This ministry prays daily for our
country, the President and his family, our Governors, Mayors, and all
those who are in place to guide and lead our country. We pray for our
Pastors, Elders, Spiritual Leaders, our children, schools, homes and our
jobs. We also pray for our families, those who know God, that they draw
closer to Him, and those who don’t know God, that they come to know who
Elder Debora was licensed in February 2006 by Bishop Lester L.
Williams, Community Church of Church, Jamaica, New York and Ordained in March 2012 by Pastor Owen E. Williams, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Jamaica, New York.
A message from Elder Debora:
pray that God lays it on your heart to join us in our daily prayer, as
we lift up the name of the LORD in thanksgiving, making our request known unto God.
Bringing the power of prayer into your home.
Always praying for you,
In these difficult times that we find ourselves traveling through, where our eyes and ears see and hear the sufferings of so many from heartbreaking losses, where Grief, Discouragement, Depression and Doubt has taken root in the lives of millions. We asked ourselves "how can I help? What can I do? The Lords answer to us is simple "Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul and mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself". Beloved small acts of kindness towards the stranger is all that is needed to begin to rebuild the community, the church and the person. 1 Peter 3:8 "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. God bless you and thank you for your sacrificial gift.
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