Jim Walker

I grew up in St. Louis County and am a graduate of Southeast Missouri State

University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  It was at college that I

met my wife, Gina and we were married my sophomore year. We began our joint

service to Christ in Youth Ministry while pursuing our education and then

transitioned into pastoral ministry a little over 30 years ago. 

God has blessed our marriage with two children. David, who lives in Huntsville, AL,

is an Aerospace Engineer and is active in a local church with his wife, Blair, and two

children Clark (7) and Eva (3).  Our daughter Amy lives in Lee’s Summit, MO. She is a

nurse and her husband Ian, a Pharmacy Tech. They are very active in Connection

Point Church, Lee’s Summit, and have two children, Aubree (2) and Addison


As a pastor, I consider myself a servant leader. I love to encourage people, teach

God’s word and shepherd people spiritually. I also have a passion for missions and

love to see churches reaching out to the community and world with Christ’s love

and message of salvation. Locally, Hazelwood Baptist church has become known to

be a church that is truly active in the community, and internationally, we have

missions partnerships in El Salvador and Peru.   I also serve as a chaplain to the

Hazelwood Police Department and as part of the St. Louis Metro Association Church

Revitalization Team, I’m able to invest in struggling churches to help them renew

and recapture their spiritual vitality.  

As a husband and father. Gina and I treasure our time with family which includes

traveling to visit children who live out of town. As a couple we love taking walks,

having folks over to our house, and just enjoying life. Gina especially enjoys music,

women’s ministry and spending time with the grandchildren. We also have two very

special college students, Kevin and Jeimmy, who live with us and have become part

of our family. Kevin and Jeimmy’s parents are ministry partners in El Salvador and

we are hosting them as they attend Missouri Baptist University. 

My life verse is Philippians 1:6.  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work

in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  When I was in College, I

was struggling to believe God would really want me due to my spiritual rebellion in

my High School years. It was Philippians 1:6 that convinced me that God did want

me and my coming back to God was simply part of God completing what He began in

me. To God be the glory!