Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
LMFT; Member Associate AAPC; Clinical Member AAMFT; Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, BS; Candler School of Theology, MDiv; Gammon Theological Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), ThD
Elizabeth Johnson Walker received her clnical training at the Georgia Association of Pastoral Care in Atlanta. She is a licensed marriage and family counselor (LMFT), a Member Associate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology.
As a professor, Dr. Walker has developed courses such as “Pastor and Family Life,” “The Theory and Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy,” “The Expanded Family Life Cycle,” “Spirituality and Sexuality,” and “African American Context for Ministry: Focus on the Family.” Her dissertation is entitled A Model of Pastoral Counseling with African American Women.
"In contemporary society family can be experienced as liberating as well as oppressive at the same time. The crucial task of the Church is to affirm the work of the family and to help family members to make visible the liberating and growth aspects of family life while transforming the negative aspects of family life. I seek to provide a learning environment that enhances the Church's task to make visible the liberating and growth possibilities in community."
A member of the United Methodist Church, she served churches in Alabama and, after earning her MDiv, became the pastor of Saint Paul United Methodist church in Montgomery, AL. While there, she founded and served the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry at Alabama State University. In Georgia she served as the resident chaplain for the Covenant Counseling Institute in Snellville and in extension ministry appointments with the Alabama West Florida Conference. She is the first African American woman to be ordained and hold membership in this Conference.
Some of her publications include “Counseling African American Youth” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (2003), “Counseling African American Women” in the Journal of Pastoral Counseling (2001) and the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (2004), and “Called to Parent: Parenting as Vocation and Gift” in Working With Black Youth: The New Generation, edited by Dr. Ann Streaty Wimberly (Abingdon Press, 2005), and, "Practical Steps for Ministry to Black Families," in Multidimensional Ministry for Today's Black Family, Johnny B. Hill, editor, (Judson Press, 2007) and Lectionary Homiletics, 2008.