The Reverend Doctor John Richard Walton, Jr. is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has served as senior pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Milwaukee for the last 19 years.
Pastor Walton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University, Master of Divinity degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois in the area of Leadership through Preaching. His area of research focuses on how to effectively minister to historic and intergenerational churches in this new era—honoring the past, yet walking into the future. Recently, Dr. Walton completed his certification as a Spiritual Director. He is a Life Coach and provides soul care primarily to senior pastors in the Milwaukee area.
Pastor Walton has been an active part of every community where God has planted him throughout his 28-year ministry career. In Washington, D.C., as a seminarian, he served on the committee that assisted in the compilation of the readings in the African-American Heritage Hymnal and was Assistant to the Senior Pastor of the historic Israel Baptist Church. In Boston, as Pastor of St. Mark Congregational Church, he was an active participant in the Black Ministerial Alliance. In Wisconsin, he was a past member and Moderator of the Commission on the Ministry for the American Baptist Churches. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Christian Center and was a former chairperson of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committee for United Way of Greater Milwaukee. Currently, Rev. Walton serves as Vice-Chair of the Minister’s Council of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, Past Chair of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, is Vice President of the Board of Housing Ministries of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, on the Executive Board of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, and serves as Vice President of the Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin.
In addition, Pastor Walton is well-respected and sought after as a preacher; pastor to pastors; lecturer; and a spiritual, biblical, and academic authority in the training and discipleship of deacons and church leadership.
Dr. Walton has been happily married to the former Lorrie Grace Craig of Hyattsville, Maryland for over 24 years. They are the proud parents of four children.