Brad was born and raised in Sparta, TN and grew up in FBC Sparta. His maternal grandfather was a Baptist minister, and his parents and church taught him the gospel from an early age. Despite being raised in the church, being baptized at an early age, and claiming to be a Christian, it wasn’t until college that Brad surrendered his life to Jesus and made Christ the Lord of his life. After becoming a Christian at age 19, he immediately had a desire to pursue ministry. Brad attended Tennessee Tech University, where he played basketball and majored in English Literature. Through life on life discipleship and being involved with a college ministry, Campus Outreach, Brad grew deep roots in his walk with the Lord.
It was during this time that Brad met his wife, Elicia, who was involved in Campus Outreach at Southeast Missouri State University. He and Elicia were married and then served on staff with Campus Outreach in Murray, KY for a short season. While doing so, Brad became convicted of his need for formal theological education. So, they moved to Louisville, KY in order for him to pursue a masters of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In God’s kind providence, it was there in 2006, that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the Walker’s pursued the Lord and tried to discern what life and ministry with a chronic illness looks like, Brad put his formal education on hold. In the following years, Brad served in various ministry roles at SBTS, and in churches in KY & MS. It was in 2015 that God called the Walkers to serve at FBC Sparta.
Brad’s main passions are evangelism, discipleship, leadership and preaching God’s Word. His desire for FBC Sparta is for her to be a Kingdom Outpost, where Christ is exalted and the gospel is central in all aspects of the church’s life and mission. Brad’s most beloved hobby is spending time with his amazing wife (date nights, Netflix binges, etc.) and his sons (reading great books, dance parties, wrestling matches, board games, and acting silly etc.). For fun, he loves to read, play and watch sports (especially the Vols), and to do anything outdoors (hiking, fishing, boating, etc). Elicia works part-time as a speech teacher at WCMS, and they have four sons; Will, Jack, Benjamin, and Jude.