Examined Faith

As a pastor, theologian and teacher, I work at the intersection of local church leadership and Christian higher education. I have recently taken a new position as the Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. I help oversee the practical theology and small group curriculum for students and will also be teaching a modern theology class (“Texts and Traditions III”) in the Spring of 2018. I’m working on my first book as well, building on the research I did for my dissertation, which will be published sometime in 2018 with Fortress Press.

In addition to teaching several leadership and spirituality classes online through William Jessup University this Fall, I will be team-teaching an interdisciplinary course in the Honors College at Baylor called “The Examined Life.” Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living, and I think the same can be said of unexamined faith. Whether leading in the Church or the University, I’m interested in examining the Christian faith in light of not only Scripture, tradition and reason, but also what has been called a “post-Christendom” age. This contemporary context includes other related shifts (globalization, postmodernity, postcolonialism, etc.), all of which have had profound effects on how we live out, understand and pass on the faith.

I realized in seminary that much of how I was getting trained was not necessarily preparing me for this new situation. And yet, there are so many implications for theology, worship, ethics and spirituality that need to be explored as a result of these changes. It is my hope that, in response to this new reality, my work can be part of an effort to integrate theological reflection and education with discipleship and the Church’s engagement with the world.

My own context and background

Before coming back to Truett Seminary, I was the associate pastor at Saint Peter’s Church in Charleston, SC.  Previously, I was an adjunct professor of Christian ethics at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. I’ve worked as a youth minister and college chaplain along the way as well.

I earned my bachelors and masters degrees from Baylor University and received my PhD in religion from Claremont Graduate University with a focus in philosophy of religion and theology. My dissertation explores the relationship between globalization, violence and salvation by looking at the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and philosophy of Enrique Dussel. I’m currently finalizing a revised manuscript that will be published with Fortress Press next year (2018).

My wife Whitney and I have a baby boy named Liam. I’m an enneagram nerd, a wannabe musician and fluent Spanish-speaker, and my favorite hobby while living in South Carolina was paddle surfing. In Waco, it will probably be more disc golf and trail running. You can reach me by email at williamawalkeriii@gmail.com or follow me on twitter at @bwalkeriii.