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• Leon Walker - Director for the Spanish Work of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association
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Council of Elders member Leon Walker
wife, Reba, have five children and eight grandchildren. While studying at Ambassador College (1956 to 1960), Mr. Walker worked in the Spanish Department as a student assistant to the director, Benjamin L. Rea.
...Mr. Walker, having graduated from the Pasadena campus that year, was also transferred to Bricket Wood to work full-time in the Spanish Department.
At the time, he
and Dr. Rea were the only two members of the department. Mr. Walker also became a faculty member at Bricket Wood in 1960, and continued as such until the college closed in 1974.He
taught a number of classes, including Old Testament Survey
of Paul, Harmony of the Gospels, Intermediate Speech, Advanced Public Speaking, International Relations and Spanish.He was also dean of students from 1972 to 1974. While in the United Kingdom, Mr. Walker served as associate pastor in the Birmingham congregation from 1963 to 1965, pastor in Bristol from 1965 to 1968, pastor in Warrington from 1968 to 1971 and pastor in London from 1971 to 1974. He was transferred to Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas, after the Bricket Wood campus closed in 1974, and served as chairman of the Theology Department until the Big Sandy campus also closed (1977). The Walkers then transferred to Pasadena where he was on the theology faculty from 1977 until 1979; he was also dean of faculty in 1979, and became regional director of the Spanish region that same year.When the Advisory Council of Elders was formed by Herbert W. Armstrong in 1981, Mr. Walker was named a member of the Council and served in that capacity until 1995.
Since 1995 Mr. Walker
has been directing the Spanish work from his
home in Big Sandy. Mr. Walker was elected to the Council of Elders of UCG in December 1995 and has remained a member of the Council since then.He
is one of the three Council members from the international region. He is currently chairman of the Doctrine Committee and also served in that capacity from 1999 to 2002.Mr. Walker has also served on the Education Committee, the Ethics, Roles and Rules Committee, the Executive Committee, the Media and Communications Committee and the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.
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Les McCullough stated his opposition to lowering operating reserves, and was joined by Leon Walker and Richard Thompson.
Doctrine Committee Chairman Leon Walker moderated the next portion of the meeting.
first reviewed a position paper on the subject of New Moons with the Council, indicating the Church's understanding that new moon observances are not required of New Testament Christians.
The quorum of eleven unanimously approved the paper.
Papers on two other subjects (the man of sin spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2, and the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9) have been submitted.
made some general observations on prophetic topics, citing these papers as cases in point.
Prophecy, by its very nature (dealing with events that have not happened yet), lends itself to speculation and private interpretation.
In past affiliations, we have all seen some prophetic subjects treated as if they were doctrine.
Even if the speculation proved correct, it would not mean that we should elevate interpretations, especially speculative ones, to the status of doctrine.
With this in mind, Mr. Walker
asked for the Council's input on this question - how should the Church deal with honest differences in opinion on prophetic topics?
Not every issue of prophecy will create this dilemma, he
stated, but some will.
opened the floor for comments, since whatever approach is taken will be a Council decision.
: "So you are advocating that we should allow different interpretations to be published, at least in certain publications?
: "What would be the criteria for having alternate interpretations?
Walker] mentioned freestanding papers showing alternative views.
: "Obviously it would be wonderful if we could come down to an understanding of a prophetic issue and say 'we accept this one, this one is right, the others are wrong because of this or that.' But to be realistic, I think that there are some issues in prophecy where we agree to disagree.
: "I think we should be honest, and say that there is ambiguity, rather than taking a dogmatic position when we cannot and should not do so."
At this point, Mr. Walker
asked for more direct input on what process should be followed for putting forward alternate views of prophetic subjects.
Dr. Ward and Mr. Walker
summarized the current process for dealing with proposed changes in doctrinal topics:
Further discussion about the possibility of an official certificate for marriages performed by UCG pastors led to a vote of five opposed (Messrs. Dick, Kilough, Kubik, Thompson, and Walker); four in support (Messrs. Antion, Holladay, McCullough, Ward); and two abstaining (Mr. Dean and Mr. Seiglie).
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Doctrine Committee member Leon Walker pointed out that the purpose of study papers is not to introduce doctrinal change, but to explain and provide further research on doctrines that are already current Church teachings.
asked the Council to consider a change in the order of events on Sunday, May 15.He
suggested that the balloting take place in the morning rather than in the afternoon.
Mr. Kilough agreed, and asked Mr. Walker
to coordinate the meetings and agenda for the international representatives.
In its discussion of the proposed amendment, Mr. Walker
commented that several attempts have been made over the years to bring added clarity to this statement, but each raises more questions than it resolves.