Pastor's Blog

Please welcome our Theologian in Residence, who joined us for the month of January.

Joyce Mackichan Walker

Joyce MacKichan Walker was the Director of Christian Education at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ for eighteen years and in 2007 became the Minister of Education which later included Mission. A 1979 graduate of
the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and a Certified Christian Educator since 1983, her first love is teaching, which she actively practices as a workshop leader and keynoter.

Her writing includes a book with Carol Wehrheim, Teaching Children Worship in the Sanctuary; a book with Linda Lebron, BeTween: Exploring Life and Christian Faith with Older Elementary Children; leaders’ guides for The Gospel According to Oprah and Were You There: Finding Ourselves at the Foot of the Cross, and two movie guides for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation; and the Suggestions for Leaders for three Presbyterian Women’s Bible Studies – Hearing God’s Call in Jonah and Ruth (2007-08), Joshua: A Journey of Faith (2009-10), and this year’s study – Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments.

A Nova Scotia born Canadian, she grew up on a dairy farm, graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and taught elementary school in Prince Edward Island for three years before heading south and finding her vocational heart in religious education. She and her husband Michael, also a Presbyterian minister, retired in July 2018. They have two adult children, Rebekah who is active in politics and Andrew, who teaches science through nature in New Orleans. Joyce’s favorite thing about retirement is being able to say yes to adventurous teaching and consulting invitations!