.:28 FABULOUS & FAITH-FILLED FIRST LADIES FEATURE:. Celebrating First Lady Donna Walker

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Celebrating First Lady Donna

#fabfaithfilledfirstladies Feature #9

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Always keep in mind that there are different seasons of life into which you will go and that you need to keep your mind on Christ so He can keep you sane as you go through them.

Married To Lemar Walker

Children: Kimberly, Kandace, & Rachel

Occupation (Aside From First Lady): Director of Operations for Urban Community Ministries & CHRIST’S COMMUNITY CHURCH; as well as a Crown Ministries Career Direct Consultant

Hobbies: Singing, Traveling

Church/Place of Worship: CHRIST’S COMMUNITY CHURCH, 715 St Paul Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126

Ministry Involvement: Counselor, Teacher, Faith & Finance Facilitator, Worship Leader, Prison Outreach, Youth Leader, Foreign & Local Missions

Community Service: Kairos Prison Ministry (inside & out)

Favorite Leisure Activity: Traveling & singing

Favorite Book: Bible

Favorite Color: I don’t really have one, but I told my husband that if we are on a game show the answer would be blue.

Favorite Food: Toss up between pound or chocolate cake

Describe your role as First Lady: Busy but rewarding. I am called by God to assist my husband in equipping and building up the saints in this local body and community. I feel like one of my biggest roles is to hug and love on some of our youngest members. I want these little ones to know whom they are in Christ, that they are loved, and that they are beautiful.

Just make sure what you are training verbally is what you are also training by your actions.

What is the biggest challenge that you face as First Lady: I would say that I have had two main challenges (not just one). The first one had to do with balancing time with my children, my husband, my previous job of almost 30 years in Corporate America, and the ministry. The other challenge I had was making sure I didn’t and still don’t come across as too direct to the congregants.

What are you thoughts on Balancing Life: My husband was in miistry when we got married. God knew my bent and put me with someone where I could exercise my willingness to be available and active doing things to help build up His kingdom. We have always been a team, whether it was witnessing on Beale St. or going to the prisons, we did it together. When children came into our marriage, it was a struggle at first for me to be content in knowing that my season of life was changing and that my ministry for that particular time had changed. Always keep in mind that there are different seasons of life into which you will go and that you need to keep your mind on Christ so He can keep you sane as you go through them. You cannot lose yourself in your husband’s ministry. You should always have your own voice and outlet. Even with the children, train them in the fear and admonition of the Lord, but let them have their own voice as well. (Just make sure what you are training verbally is what you are also training by your actions.) It can become hard to make sure the children have their time with you, that your husband gets his time, and that you get your alone time. Planning is important and something you have to make a conscious effort to do. It just won’t happen by itself. (Plan regular family nights, outings [daddy-daughter, momma-son, daddy-son, momma-daughter], regular vacations, and of course husband and wife dates.)

Everyone in your family needs to know that he/she is important to you – more important than the ministry. For me, that meant the pursuit of leaving a professional career to go after a job in a warehouse-type environment to ensure that I was at meetings with my husband when I needed to be and that my children knew that they could always call on me. God is gracious and will reward your heart when you put forth the effort. He rewarded my efforts by allowing me to stay in my professional position with reduced hours and flexibility. Sure that was still a pay cut, but not as big of a cut if I had gone to another job. My husband and I trusted God to provide for us financially during that time and as a loving father does – He took and still takes care of His children.

Your children will grow up, church members will come and go, but you need to make sure that you are maintaining a great relationship with God, with your spouse and that your children know they are loved.

On Saturdays, one can usually find you…There is no one typical place you can find me.

What is your favorite quote/scripture: I have two! Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.”

Stay prayed up and remain in your Word. Be humble and don’t get caught up in a lot of talk.

What advice do you have for a First Lady new to her role: Stay prayed up and remain in your Word. Be humble and don’t get caught up in a lot of talk. Your members can be the type that look to you for a lot of answers or the ones that think they can look through you and bypass you because you are not “the Pastor”. Work as much as you can with your husband. He will set the tone for how the congregation treats you. If he holds you in high esteem, the congregation will. The congregation needs to see that you guys are truly a team whether or not you also embrace the pulpit or any ministry roles in the church. Hold your husband up in prayer, and as much as you can for your part, keep your relationship close to maintain good communication and intimacy. Find someone (outside of your church) that is rooted and grounded in the Word to be your confidant.

Find someone (outside of your church) that is rooted and grounded in the Word to be your confidant.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Whatever I will be doing in 5 years, I know that it will still have something to do with ministering in one way or another to God’s people. Hopefully by then, I will have completed my licensure for clinical counseling and have  added my practice to what my husband and I have been doing. I would also love to be doing more teaching, singing, and career consultations in the community and globally. I would like to see our impact in the community grow to the point where our current building is the community outreach center and we have a separate building for worship services.

Stay Connected To First Lady Donna: 

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Your children will grow up, church members will come and go, but you need to make sure that you are maintaining a great relationship with God, with your spouse, , and that your children know they are loved.

Church Website is www.christschurchmemphis.com.

Email: administrator@christschurchmemphis.com (for the church), ruwalking@yahoo.com (for personal or more information on the Crown Ministries Career Direct (Educational & Occupational) Consultations; Career Direct is a unique assessment designed to help individuals maximize God-given talents and abilities by looking at four critical areas of personality, interests, skills and values. By looking at your God-given bent it is easier to determine which fields of study and occupations are best suited for you. This will eliminate employment and educational frustration, wasted time, and wasted money.

Phone: (901) 577-0929 (office)

Our church, Christ’s Community, is always looking for more soldiers to be on the front lines for Christ and musicians with a heart of service. Our nonprofit, Urban Community Ministries, is always looking for more volunteers to assist with our ladies needing GEDs, our after school program – tutoring young children, and our thrift store – sorting and organizing.

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