On August 1, 2020, Dr. Mark Walker became the president of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Prior to the advancement to President, Dr. Walker served as the vice president for Ministerial Development and the Chair of the Christian Ministries Department.
Preceding his time at Lee University, Dr. Walker served in pastoral ministry for 25 years at Mount Paran North Church of God in Marietta, Georgia. He and his wife, Udella, served for five years (1992-1997) as the church’s Associate Pastor and the last 20 years (1997-2017) as their Senior Pastor.
Dr. Walker started his career in the computer software industry at Management Science America (MSA) in Atlanta, Georgia (1982-1985). He soon felt a full-time call into vocational pastoral ministry and left MSA to serve as an assistant pastor at Mount Paran Central in Atlanta (1985-1988). During his tenure, Dr. Walker helped to oversee the opening of the Mount Paran North campus in 1987. Soon thereafter, Dr. Walker left North to serve as the Senior Pastor of First Assembly of God in Orlando, Florida (1988-1992) before returning to be the Associate Pastor at North in 1992.
Dr. Walker received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Counseling from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Dr. Walker presently serves as the Chairman of the Benefits Board for the Church of God. He has served on the North Georgia Church of God State Council and on the Board of Directors of Lee University. Dr. Walker has also served on the Council of Eighteen for the Church of God and as the Chairman of the Church of God National Pastor’s Advisory Council.
Dr. Walker has spoken in Church of God Prayer Conferences and Camp Meetings and has been a frequent convocation and chapel guest speaker at Lee University. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, from 2006 – 2011.
Dr. Walker is married to his wife Udella since 1984 and together they have two incredible children, Justin and Ashten. They are also blessed with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Amanda, and a wonderful son-in-law, Caleb. Best of all, they have three amazing grandchildren, Kennedy, Judah and Levi.