Pastor David Walton, Jr. began his ministry in Bedford on August 19, 2018. Pastor David came to Bedford after a successful ten year ministry at Parkway Christian and Schools near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Coming to Bedford was a bit of a homecoming for Pastor David. A native of Virginia, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Virginia State University and his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Now Union Presbyterian Seminary.) In 2010, he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary.
Before his Florida ministry, Pastor David served churches in Louisa and Roanoke. In Roanoke, he was recognized by the Washington, D.C. based non-profit, Partners for Livable Communities, for his work on the Southeast…by Design Project. This project brought together community and civic leaders to help improve the quality of life in one of Roanoke’s core communities. During his ministry in Florida Pastor David had the opportunity to provide spiritual leadership to one of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)’s most unique ministries. Parkway Christian Church owns and operates a pre-school, elementary and middle schools. As lead pastor there, he oversaw a church staff of ten employees including two associate ministers, and several other support personnel. The church’s attendance grew with the addition of a second worship service, several Bible studies and outreach opportunities. While at Parkway, Pastor David had also developed an interest in theater and has written, produced and directed several stage plays. One of his plays was purchased and produced by nearby Brookneal’s 246 The Main theater. Additionally, his first faith-based novel, When It Snows in Miami, was published in 2017 and he’s published several works of micro-fiction on websites such as Splickety.com and FlashFiction.com.
Pastor David is excited to work alongside the congregation of Bedford Christian Church to continue its 100+ year ministry to the Bedford community. The congregation’s rich history and present commitment to serving and growing God’s kingdom has uniquely positioned Bedford Christian Church for a vital and active ministry. Pastor David loves being a part of it.
Pastor David and his wife, Teresa, have three adult children and the greatest grandkids ever, as they are now grandparents of six grandchildren. David and Teresa are also enamored with their prized pooches…a pair of rescue pups named Naomi and Ruth. They have been known to accompany Pastor David to work and are the cutest office ambassadors ever.