Faith Leader Profile:

Rev. Janie M. Walker

Faith Tradition: Christian
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United Faith Leaders
Average rating:  
 14 reviews
by Latrice Jeffrey on United Faith Leaders
A Good Friend

Proverbs 31:26, She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. I have journeyed together with Janie for about 15 years. For me she has been a teacher, preacher and counselor but what has touched me the most is the times she was just my friend during the due seasons in my life. Without fail when she greets me she will says,”Hello my dear how are you”. If I respond , I’m good she would say glad to hear that. If I was to respond , “I am not good”, then she would ask me if I want to talk about it and we would find a quiet spot and talk. She has ALWAYS made time for me if I needed her. I Thank God for leading our paths together as we journey this life. Her calming and sweet spirit has helped calm my inner storms over the years. I pray God's Blessings over your life and may the Holy Spirit continue to fill you, lead you and surround you with Peace, Wisdom and Knowledge.

by Rev. Janet Hatfield Legro on United Faith Leaders
Wise, Respected, Faithful & Insightful

Janie Walker has been a trusted spiritual leader in Richmond for many years. When her name is spoken it is usually coupled with words like "powerful preacher, trusted spiritual director, wise mentor, community leader, thoughtful organizer and respected minister". Janie has been invaluable to me as a spiritual director and mentor, and I have witnessed her leadership in community and in worship. Janie brings people together with honesty, compassion and clarity. Anyone who calls upon her gifts in ministry will be blessed indeed.

by Lawson Wijesooriya on United Faith Leaders
A reconciling leader

Rev. Walker has been a trusted mentor, pastoral confidant, counselor, and friend to me over my years in Richmond. As a young white woman desiring to follow God into the work of racial healing in our community, Rev. Walker was a needed authority, guide, and counsel to me. I love her even confidence, her deep love, her steady perspective, and her strength. She is a leader through and through and one that has brought people together during dividing times.

by Jabriel Malik Hasan on United Faith Leaders
A Strong Woman of God

When I think of Janie, the first phrase that rises up in my spirit is "a strong woman of God." She truly embodies the grace, dignity, determination, fearlessness, and wisdom that expression evokes. Living in community with her offers me the opportunity to experience her presence in various roles. She serves broadly as a Pastor to all connected with Richmond Hill. Within this work, she expresses her gifts as a highly skilled and attentive administrator, a prudent counselor, mentor, and spiritual director, a gentle and knowledgeable teacher and preacher, and an aide to all in need wherever needed. Those who encounter her are blessed by her anointing to the glory of God. Amen.

by Wendy McCaig on United Faith Leaders
A Wise Guide

I have known Janie Walker since 2008. She and I worked together when I was shifting my faith-based non-profit toward a community development focus. Janie helped develop our leadership training materials and also launched a worship service for some of our community residents. It was Janie's wise council that helped shape the vision and mission of Embrace Richmond during one of the most crucial times in our history.

When Janie left our team, she continued as my spiritual director. As an Executive Director, I often feel overwhelmed and alone. Janie has helped me gain perspective and refocus my energy in a way that is most life giving to me personally and to my organization. Her still, calm presence helps me to slow down, listen to the spirit, and discern with greater clarity how to move forward during both difficult and promising times.

I highly recommend Janie as a spiritual director, teacher, preacher or speaker.

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Offering:

  • Wedding Officiant
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Funeral Service
  • Baptism/Dedication
  • Communion/Eucharist
  • Any Short Term Service
  • Confession
  • Guest Teacher
  • Guest Speaker
  • Informal Conversation
  • Pulpit Supply/Preaching
  • Other

Languages:

  • English

About:

Over the past thirty years, Janie has provided pastoral leadership to several churches, organizations and denominational bodies, especially during times of transition.  She recently retired from her role as co-pastoral director of Richmond Hill, a residential ecumenical Christian community in the heart of Richmond, VA.

Rev. Walker demonstrates a heart-felt interest in collaborative efforts designed to promote healing and wholeness in individuals and institutions.   Committed to personal spiritual disciplines and practices, she maintains disciplines of spiritual guidance and restorative practices as she walks with others on their spiritual journeys. 

The non-traditional vocational path taken by Reverend Walker is a direct reflection of rather non-traditional educational tract.  Her undergraduate work ranges from studies in mathematics at Virginia State University, to counseling at Liberty University, to community development and church administration in VCU’s Non-traditional Studies program (1989).  Rev. Walker obtained an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies from the Central Virginia School of Ministry in 1993, and Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology, Richmond, VA in 2007.  She graduated from the RUAH School of Spiritual Guidance, Richmond, VA in 2002, served on its faculty from 2003 until 2017, and as dean of the school from 2014 – 2017. She completed extensive courses of study with Christian Healing Ministry of Jacksonville, FL; SOZO School of Christian Healing Prayer, Richmond, VA; Diversity Training with Initiatives of Change and Richmond Peace Education Center, Richmond, VA (1998, 2012); School of Spiritual Guidance of the Monastery of the Risen Christ, San Louis Obispo, CA (2002), and Intentional Interim Ministry & Transition Consultancy at the Center for Congregational Health in Winston Salem, NC. (2007-2008)

Just days after her retirement, on May 15, 2019, Rev. Walker moved to Phoenix, Arizona, only to be greeted four days later by the birth of her youngest great-grandchild.  She looks forward to pursuing her greatest joys — hanging out with family and friends; witnessing unbound wonder and delight in children, and helping others become who they are purposed to be.

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by Latrice Jeffrey on United Faith Leaders
A Good Friend

Proverbs 31:26, She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. I have journeyed together with Janie for about 15 years. For me she has been a teacher, preacher and counselor but what has touched me the most is the times she was just my friend during the due seasons in my life. Without fail when she greets me she will says,”Hello my dear how are you”. If I respond , I’m good she would say glad to hear that. If I was to respond , “I am not good”, then she would ask me if I want to talk about it and we would find a quiet spot and talk. She has ALWAYS made time for me if I needed her. I Thank God for leading our paths together as we journey this life. Her calming and sweet spirit has helped calm my inner storms over the years. I pray God's Blessings over your life and may the Holy Spirit continue to fill you, lead you and surround you with Peace, Wisdom and Knowledge.

by Rev. Janet Hatfield Legro on United Faith Leaders
Wise, Respected, Faithful & Insightful

Janie Walker has been a trusted spiritual leader in Richmond for many years. When her name is spoken it is usually coupled with words like "powerful preacher, trusted spiritual director, wise mentor, community leader, thoughtful organizer and respected minister". Janie has been invaluable to me as a spiritual director and mentor, and I have witnessed her leadership in community and in worship. Janie brings people together with honesty, compassion and clarity. Anyone who calls upon her gifts in ministry will be blessed indeed.

by Lawson Wijesooriya on United Faith Leaders
A reconciling leader

Rev. Walker has been a trusted mentor, pastoral confidant, counselor, and friend to me over my years in Richmond. As a young white woman desiring to follow God into the work of racial healing in our community, Rev. Walker was a needed authority, guide, and counsel to me. I love her even confidence, her deep love, her steady perspective, and her strength. She is a leader through and through and one that has brought people together during dividing times.

by Jabriel Malik Hasan on United Faith Leaders
A Strong Woman of God

When I think of Janie, the first phrase that rises up in my spirit is "a strong woman of God." She truly embodies the grace, dignity, determination, fearlessness, and wisdom that expression evokes. Living in community with her offers me the opportunity to experience her presence in various roles. She serves broadly as a Pastor to all connected with Richmond Hill. Within this work, she expresses her gifts as a highly skilled and attentive administrator, a prudent counselor, mentor, and spiritual director, a gentle and knowledgeable teacher and preacher, and an aide to all in need wherever needed. Those who encounter her are blessed by her anointing to the glory of God. Amen.

by Wendy McCaig on United Faith Leaders
A Wise Guide

I have known Janie Walker since 2008. She and I worked together when I was shifting my faith-based non-profit toward a community development focus. Janie helped develop our leadership training materials and also launched a worship service for some of our community residents. It was Janie's wise council that helped shape the vision and mission of Embrace Richmond during one of the most crucial times in our history.

When Janie left our team, she continued as my spiritual director. As an Executive Director, I often feel overwhelmed and alone. Janie has helped me gain perspective and refocus my energy in a way that is most life giving to me personally and to my organization. Her still, calm presence helps me to slow down, listen to the spirit, and discern with greater clarity how to move forward during both difficult and promising times.

I highly recommend Janie as a spiritual director, teacher, preacher or speaker.

by Brenda Giannini on United Faith Leaders
Spiritual leader, Pastor, Teacher
Used Contract: n/a
Credentials Evidenced: Council President of Richmond Hill, Dean of RUAH School for Spiritual Guidance

Through my time at Richmond Hill over the last 19 years I have come to know Janie Walker well and have worked closely with her as faculty member in The RUAH School for Spiritual Guidance and on the Council of Richmond Hill. She is a strong and deeply spiritual woman of faith with many gifts. Janie is a compassionate and caring leader of the Richmond Hill staff and community of residential members. Her knowledge and understanding of scripture comes through her powerful and profound preaching. She is well known and respected throughout the Richmond Metro area as a prayerful faith leader, as a spokesperson for racial healing, and social justice. Janie is a natural teacher particularly in regards to scripture, social justice, and the power of healing through forgiveness. It is a blessing to have worked with her over these many years. I have learned a lot from her and grown on my own spiritual journey as a result.

by Elnora Allen on United Faith Leaders
Exceptional
Used Contract: No
Credentials Evidenced: Yes

Rev. Walker is excellent in all she does. I have worked with her and shared in many of the situations she has shared in her description. She possesses a keen ability to work and relate with people from all backgrounds, beliefs and skills. She is very compassionate, a great listener, discerning and present with all those in need as well as all situations. She is a strong leader, visionary and implementer. I cannot fully describe the full depth and breath of her knowledge and competencies but would highly recommend her to individuals, organizations and groups.

by Rita Ricks on United Faith Leaders
Used Contract: no
Credentials Evidenced: Spiritual Coach

I've known and worked with Janie in a variety of roles over the years. She is a woman of God, devoted mother and grandmother, competent leader and teacher, organized, speaks her truth, gets things done, hospitable, strong presence, yet gentle speak. It has been my honor watching her use her gifts to the Glory of God

by Michelle S. on United Faith Leaders
Inspirational
Used Contract: N/A
Credentials Evidenced: Personal references

On many occasions, I have reached out to Rev. Walker for advice and counseling. She has an affinity for looking beyond the surface and helping to find the true root of the problem. The best part is she does not stop there. She helps you find solutions to those issues and assists you in deepening your relationship with the divine. She helps you learn and grow in your own personal spirituality.

by Fay Chelmow on United Faith Leaders
Thank you, Janie
Used Contract: NA
Credentials Evidenced: self evident

There are spiritual leaders who stand out from the rest ~ Janie is one of them. She doesn't even have to say anything. Just seeing her fills me with hope that our beautiful but confused world will be okay. Her mere presence is quiet wisdom and loving timelessness. Janie was the 1st woman I had ever seen celebrate Eucharist. The experience was absolutely transformative for me ~ it was so right! I now know, without a shadow of a doubt, that women belong at the altar; that they always had a place at the altar, since the beginning of time. Janie may be moving on but "her sparkle" will continue to bless Richmond Hill for years to come. I will miss you! No doubt, many others will too.

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by Latrice Jeffrey on United Faith Leaders
A Good Friend

Proverbs 31:26, She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. I have journeyed together with Janie for about 15 years. For me she has been a teacher, preacher and counselor but what has touched me the most is the times she was just my friend during the due seasons in my life. Without fail when she greets me she will says,”Hello my dear how are you”. If I respond , I’m good she would say glad to hear that. If I was to respond , “I am not good”, then she would ask me if I want to talk about it and we would find a quiet spot and talk. She has ALWAYS made time for me if I needed her. I Thank God for leading our paths together as we journey this life. Her calming and sweet spirit has helped calm my inner storms over the years. I pray God's Blessings over your life and may the Holy Spirit continue to fill you, lead you and surround you with Peace, Wisdom and Knowledge.

by Rev. Janet Hatfield Legro on United Faith Leaders
Wise, Respected, Faithful & Insightful

Janie Walker has been a trusted spiritual leader in Richmond for many years. When her name is spoken it is usually coupled with words like "powerful preacher, trusted spiritual director, wise mentor, community leader, thoughtful organizer and respected minister". Janie has been invaluable to me as a spiritual director and mentor, and I have witnessed her leadership in community and in worship. Janie brings people together with honesty, compassion and clarity. Anyone who calls upon her gifts in ministry will be blessed indeed.

by Lawson Wijesooriya on United Faith Leaders
A reconciling leader

Rev. Walker has been a trusted mentor, pastoral confidant, counselor, and friend to me over my years in Richmond. As a young white woman desiring to follow God into the work of racial healing in our community, Rev. Walker was a needed authority, guide, and counsel to me. I love her even confidence, her deep love, her steady perspective, and her strength. She is a leader through and through and one that has brought people together during dividing times.

by Jabriel Malik Hasan on United Faith Leaders
A Strong Woman of God

When I think of Janie, the first phrase that rises up in my spirit is "a strong woman of God." She truly embodies the grace, dignity, determination, fearlessness, and wisdom that expression evokes. Living in community with her offers me the opportunity to experience her presence in various roles. She serves broadly as a Pastor to all connected with Richmond Hill. Within this work, she expresses her gifts as a highly skilled and attentive administrator, a prudent counselor, mentor, and spiritual director, a gentle and knowledgeable teacher and preacher, and an aide to all in need wherever needed. Those who encounter her are blessed by her anointing to the glory of God. Amen.

by Wendy McCaig on United Faith Leaders
A Wise Guide

I have known Janie Walker since 2008. She and I worked together when I was shifting my faith-based non-profit toward a community development focus. Janie helped develop our leadership training materials and also launched a worship service for some of our community residents. It was Janie's wise council that helped shape the vision and mission of Embrace Richmond during one of the most crucial times in our history.

When Janie left our team, she continued as my spiritual director. As an Executive Director, I often feel overwhelmed and alone. Janie has helped me gain perspective and refocus my energy in a way that is most life giving to me personally and to my organization. Her still, calm presence helps me to slow down, listen to the spirit, and discern with greater clarity how to move forward during both difficult and promising times.

I highly recommend Janie as a spiritual director, teacher, preacher or speaker.