More about Dr. Graham Walker

Personal Information

Graham was born in Orlando, FL, and considers Orlando, FL his hometown. He was reared in Singapore as a child of missionary parents and returned to the United States in 1974 to attend  the Florida State University where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree.  There he met and married MaryAnn (Mimi) Damonte.  Together they served as interim ministers at Lakeside Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida before continuing their education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he earned both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees concentrating in Theology and World Religions.  His dissertation is title: "Elie Wiesel: A Challenge to Contemporary Theology."   He received additional course work from the Graduate School of Religion, Vanderbilt University. After seminary Graham and Mimi moved as missionaries to Las Pinas, Republic of the Philippines where he achieved level seven Professional Tagalog language training in 1986-87.

The Walkers then moved to Baguio, Philippines in 1987 through 1998 where they both taught at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.  Graham taught Theology and Cultural Studies.  During those years in Baguio, Graham became the Academic Dean for the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary with administrative headquarters in Baguio City, Philippines (1993-1999). This is an international graduate studies program for East and Southeast Asian religious studies students. He traveled between the nine various branches of the graduate school located in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He also served as Professor of Theology and Cultural Studies at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (1986-1999).

In 1999 Graham joined the faculty of the McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. He is the Professor of Theology and holds the John and Judy Zellars endowed chair. He also serves as the Mercer University Liaison for the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary (Mercer University and ABGTS formed a partnership for Theological Education in August 1999). Graham assumed the administrative position of Associate Dean for the McAfee School of Theology in July 2000. Graham has published in areas focusing on World Christianity, the problem of evil and suffering and the Holocaust for Christian theology (Elie Wiesel: A Challenge to Theology and Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling, editor Rosemary Horowitz) and the dialogue between science and religion (“An Evolving Conversation” Review & Expositor. Vol 101, No.1, Winter 2004). He is Associate Editor of Missiology: An International Review.

In 2001-2002 Graham received a grant from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences awarded by the Sir John Templeton Foundation to conduct research in the interrelationship between science and theology. This culminated in the production of a course taught in the United States and Asia. This grant involved advance seminar and workshop qualification at the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences at Berkeley and through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The project examined the way we construct a "self concept" and how religion and science influence that understanding. Graham continues the dialogue with theology and science examining the way the study of evolutionary biology has impacted the religious worldview of Baptists in the Southern United States and through affiliation with the National Center for Science Education.

Graham and Mimi have three children:  Ashton, Hannah and Ariel.  Ariel, the youngest, is a senior in high school.  For the last twelve years they their home life has been dictated by a five pound female mini-pinscher named “Killer.”   Graham is an average golfer, but loves the game anyway.  About twice a week you will find him playing tennis with colleagues and students.  For those interested in table fellowship, his favorite food is “Durian.” This is a Southeast Asian fruit that is quite addictive.  The Wall Street Journal has described this as the “King of Fruits” suggesting further that with its repulsively pungent smell and creamy texture it is like “eating a fine custard in an outhouse!”  

 

Graham’s greatest joy in ministry has been the privilege of living in an age when Baptists have recognized that both he and Mimi can work side by side in the ministry of the Gospel. 





Professional Information

In 1999 Graham joined the faculty of the McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. He is the Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy. He also serves as the Mercer University Liaison for the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary (Mercer University and ABGTS formed a partnership for Theological Education in August 1999). Graham assumed the administrative position of Associate Dean for the McAfee School of Theology in July 2000. Graham has published in areas focusing on World Christianity, the problem of evil and suffering and the Holocaust for Christian theology, and the dialogue between science and religion. He is Associate Editor of Missiology: An International Review.

In 2001-2002 Graham received a grant from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences awarded by the John Templeton Foundation to conduct research in the interrelationship between science and theology. This culminated in the production of a course taught in the United States and Asia. This grant involved advance seminar and workshop qualification at the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences at Berkeley and through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The project examined the way we construct a "self concept" and how religion and science influence that understanding. Graham continues the dialogue with theology and science through an on-going lecture series he holds with the Mercer University School of Engineering in Macon, GA. Each year he addresses the Honors Engineering students on various points of interface between theology and science. In 2003 his topic was: “Technology and Human Becoming: The On-going Dialogue between Theology and Science.” In January 2004, Graham participated in the Lay Institute of the Columbia Theological Seminary discussing the theological and ethical implications of evolution. The seminar was titled: “An Evolving Conversation.”

In 2003-2004 Graham began working with J. Gordon Melton from the University of California at Santa Barbara tracking “Indigenous Religious Movements in China.” The results are scheduled for publication in 2005-2006.

Recent publications:
March 25, 2004 “Theology and Evolutionary Biology.” http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong/lay_institute/evolving_conversation_resources.pdf
March 5, 2004 “The Passion and Folk Christianity.” http://baptiststoday.org/
July, 2002 "Religion in the Philippines," J. Gordon Melton, ed. Encyclopedia of World Religions: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Vol. 1-4. ABC-CLIO, 2002.

Site Map | Directory | Maps | Libraries | Research | Departments & Services | Community | Employment
1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, GA 31207-0001
3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341-4115
4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404
© 2006 Mercer University. All rights reserved.
1-800-MERCER-U
Atlanta Emergency Hotline Number: (678) 547-6111
Macon Emergency Hotline Number: (478) 301-5335