Robert C. Walker, Sr. served as the Executive Director at Wesley Community Center, Inc. an affiliated United Methodist Social Service Agency in Dayton, Ohio. He served this position beginning in 1973. He retired from his services as Executive Director in June 2011.
Robert is a graduate of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received a Master of Arts Degree in Urban Sociology from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Supervision from United Theology Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. He serves as an adjunct faculty with United Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity Contextual Education and Doctor of Ministry programs.
He is a recognized leader in the Dayton area and is well known and respected for his faith-based work which includes establishing collaborations with local denominations and interfaith groups, jail chaplaincy ministry, community development initiatives, and civil and human rights advocacy.
Robert continues his community and faith based engagement as the President of the Dayton Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro Fund, Vice President of the Dayton International Peace Museum Board of Directors, a volunteer with CIRGV (Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence) and as a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Robert has serviced as Chairperson of the United Methodist Church Urban Network. He also serves on the Montgomery County Human Service Levy Council, Co-Clerk of the American Friends Service Committee’s Midwest Region Executive Committee and as an Emeritus Member of the Mary Scott Nursing Center’s Board of Trustees. In November 2015, Robert was elected to a second term to the Dayton Public School Board of Education (2016-2019). He served as President of the Board for 2014 and 2015.
Robert and his wife, Dr. Mary L. Walker, have three children and three grandchildren, Amari, Zoue and Callie. Mary is a graduate of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. She retired as an Intervention Specialist working with Multi-Handicapped and Multi-Disabled students in grades 7-11 in June 2014 from the Jefferson Township Local School District after forty years of service.
Robert and Mary are active members of Dixon United Methodist Church.