Nelson Walker's Biography
Nelson Walker accepted Christ in 1975 while serving in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines in 1977, Nelson got involved in planting Calvary Chapel South Bay in Southern California while working and attending El Camino Junior College, the University of Southern California, Anaheim Theological Seminary, and Talbot Seminary. By the time this season of life had ended, Nelson was married, working full-time in aerospace, and serving alongside his wife at Calvary Chapel South Bay. They were beginning a family, and Nelson had earned degrees in philosophy, biblical studies, education, counseling, and theology.
In 1995, Nelson, his wife, Tricia, and their two young children moved to Benton, Arkansas, where they planted Calvary Chapel of Saline County. Five years later, the church was turned over to an assistant pastor and the Walker family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Nelson began working in education and the family began attending Calvary Albuquerque. Soon after arriving, Pastor Skip, who knew Nelson from their time at Calvary Chapel South Bay, asked Nelson to teach some classes in the School of Ministry. A year later in January 2003, Skip asked Nelson to join the staff at Calvary Albuquerque and to become the director of the School of Ministry. During this time, Nelson returned to school and earned his doctorate in biblical and theological studies.
Nelson continues to serve as the director of the School of Ministry while also fulfilling other pastoral duties and functions. His wife, Tricia, also works at Calvary in Connection Communications. Their daughter works in education, and their son, Austin, is an assistant pastor at Calvary.