Parramatta Rd, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
Alan attended Fort Street High School.
Camperdown NSW 2006, Australia
Alan graduated from the University of Sydney.
At Fort Street High School Alan had been a poor scholar, but when studying Divinity at Leigh Theological College he shone. He also graduated from the University of Sydney in 1943.
Alan Walker was ordained a Methodist minister in 1934; he filled the remainder of his life with a remarkable number of accomplishments. Walker ministered to coal miners during World War II. After the war he directed what is now the Wesley Mission in Sydney, expanding it into one of the world's largest Methodist missions. In the 1960s Walker led missions all over the world, especially enjoying his time in Fiji.
In 1978 Alan was appointed the director of world evangelism for the World Methodist Council, a position from which he retired in 1988. Walker's individual achievements included the founding in 1963 of Lifeline, a telephone counselling service that became international in scope, and the founding of what is now the Alan Walker College of Evangelism, a school designed to train ministers for Pacific Asia.
Walker presented the television program I Challenge the Minister, in which he fielded questions from a live audience. From the 1940s through the 1990s he was the religion editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Walker also wrote more than fifty books, including "Breakthrough: Rediscovering the Holy Spirit," "The New Evangelism, Life in the Holy Spirit, and Try God." Walker shared with his wife the Methodist Peace Prize. He was created a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981, but the title Walker preferred, he once said, was "Reverend."
Walker was a traditional Methodist and preached against alcohol, gambling, and promiscuity.
Alan married Winifred Garrard Channon on March 26, 1938. They had four children: Lynette, Bruce, David, and Christopher.