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Did You Know Reverend William O. Walker?

By January 21, 2013July 17th, 2022No Comments

united methodist churchWe are looking for information about deceased United Methodist Church pastor, Reverend William O. Walker. Prior to his death in 1992 from complications related to the AIDS virus, he served as the pastor for the First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon. We recently filed a lawsuit against the United Methodist Church on behalf of an adult male who was sexually abused as a child by Walker when he attended the church in Eugene.

Walker was born in 1932. He attended seminary at Boston Theological Union. He was married to Carol Walker, who passed away in 1990.

Walker received his first pastoral appointment in 1957 at the Dillard-Winston United Methodist Church in Dillard, Oregon. From the late 1950s to the late 1960s, he worked with Methodist churches in North Bend and Salem. Over his career, he supervised 48 churches in many counties throughout Oregon, including churches in Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah, and Columbia counties.

In 1968, he became the pastor of the Corvallis First United Methodist Church. From 1976‒1982, he served as the district superintendent in Portland, Oregon for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. Finally, in 1982, he became the Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon, where he remained until his death in 1992.

Throughout his career, he also worked with the African-Methodist University in Zimbabwe and was elected to attend the United Methodist Church’s national General Conference six times. Walker was also an active volunteer during the summer months with the United Methodist Church camp, Camp Magruder, located in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

If you have any information or memories regarding Rev. Walker, please contact us at 503-306-0224 or email us at