Norman Howard Walker
Born in Reedley, California to a middle class family in a farming community. He attended public schools through college and began to study at Christian institutions as God’s call to ministry fueled his appetite for more training. At the heart of his ministry is 40 plus years of pastoral experience. Laughing, crying, rejoicing, and grieving with the families and individuals God has called him to shepherd. Central to his shepherding is the desire to implement Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” The ministry of Spiritual Formation or Progressive
Sanctification has always been a vital part of Norm’s ministry. Growing up in a Pentecostal home, the work of the Holy Spirit in this process held great fascination. The key question was “how?” Norm says, “I read biblical admonitions like “walk in the Spirit” and I responded ‘YES.’ But then I would almost reflexively say to myself, ‘Yes, but how?” For his whole ministry life but especially in the past 15 years He has been helping his churches answer the question of ‘how.” Through the ministry of The Joshua Institute (the website, printed literature, videos, and audio recordings) Norm is committed to helping believers walk closer to the Lord Jesus.
As a result of his doctoral studies, and really as an extension of the spiritual formation theme, the subject of whole church revitalization has presented itself as a key step in the process of developing healthy Christians and churches. The blog, "Acts of Community Involvement as Spiritual Disciplines" is a glimpse into this subject.
Norm’s personal life verse is Philippians 3:10 “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”
College of the Sequoias (A. A. Social Science)
California State University, Fresno, Political Science Major
Los Angeles Baptist College, Biblical Studies Major
Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, (B. A. Biblical Studies) With High Distinction
Luther Rice Seminary, (M. A. in Christian Studies) With Honors
Corban University, Doctor of Ministry Program (DMin), Anticipated conferment May 2021
In ministry for 42 years as Sr. Pastor, Assoc. Pastor, Christian School Administrator, and Youth Pastor. President of the Joshua Institute, a Bible teaching ministry emphasizing spiritual formation.
Former Corporate Vice President, Small business owner, Financial Services and Products, licensed life/health insurance agent, licensed property/casualty agent
Former Candidate for California Assembly, Chief-of-Staff to Assemblyman Tom McClintock (Now U.S. Congressman), Elected to Public Office
Married to Denise for 48 years, 7 children, 19 grandchildren
Norm currently pastors a small Baptist church in the Northern California mountain community of Forest Ranch. He enjoys trout fishing, golf, ranching, and reading among other things.
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