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Posted on: July 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Street Corner Renamed in Honor of Longtime Amityville Pastor

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Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently joined with Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilwoman Jackie Gordon at a ceremonial street renaming ceremony in honor of the late Bishop Reverend William Howard Walker, Sr. Bishop Walker was the founder of the Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle, where he served as the Bishop and Overseer up until his death in 2008.

Walker was born to the late Henry and Ruth Walker in Corona, New York on April 25th, 1930. After graduating from Jamaica High School in 1947, he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge in 1952 as a Sergeant. In 1957, Walker attended and graduated from Bethel Bible Institute, and four years later, under the direction of Bishop Roderick R. Caesar, he was installed as the permanent Pastor of Amityville Gospel Tabernacle. In 1971, Walker’s brother-in-law William Johnson spearheaded the construction of a new building that would later be incorporated as Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle.

After 37 years of ministry, Walker was elevated to the office of Bishop and was consecrated on March 28, 1998. His influence was extended to many churches locally, across the country, and internationally. According to those close to him, he lived a life of integrity and was known as a “powerful man of God,” who was humble but fearless and whose passion was always to reach the lost and stand in the gap as a mighty intercessor.

At the April 12, 2017 Babylon Town Board Meeting, the Town Council passed Resolution No. 319, authorizing the ceremonious changing of the name of the corner of Brefni Street and Geraldine Avenue in Amityville to “Bishop Reverend William Howard Walker, Sr. Corner.” In late June, dozens of friends, family, and members of the congregation joined together at this street corner to celebrate Bishop Walker’s life as the new street sign was unveiled.

Pictured with friends, family, and members of the Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle are Supervisor Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Martinez, Councilwoman Gordon, New York State Senator John Brooks, New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, and Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.



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