Walter’s passion is holistic discipleship and development of people in their relationship with Christ, their ministry for Christ, and their fellowship as the Body of Christ. His role as Associate Vice President for Diversity and Belonging allows him to pursue this passion through utilizing his skills and experiences as a diversity professional, teacher, scholar and Pastor.
During the summer of 1991, Walter participated in a short-term Inner-City Summer missions project with Campus Crusade for Christ where his passions began to crystallize. Living and ministering with a diverse group of students during that summer, he experienced a community of belonging where members of the Body of Christ contributed their unique gifts, talents, skills, and backgrounds for the development of one another and for the benefit of those to whom they ministered.
Walter holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Howard University, a Masters of Theology in Urban Pastoral Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has served as an adjunct instructor in Bible, Theology and Ethics at numerous Christian institutions. He is also an ordained Baptist minister who has served in numerous Pastoral roles. Prior to PLNU, Walter served as the Director of Intercultural Education and Research in the Division of Diversity & Inclusion at Biola University. He and his wife, Dr. Charlotte Augustine, have been married for twenty-six years.