Kyle Walker first felt God’s calling to preach and pastor while in junior high. His call to ministry led him to become a leader in his youth group in Columbus, Mississippi as well as at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa while attending the University of Alabama. Several years, first as a student and then in numerous leadership positions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, have brought Kyle through God’s leading to be the recommended candidate as the next pastor at Cartersville First Baptist Church.
A native of Americus, Georgia, Kyle moved to Mississippi as a freshman in high school. In 2005 he received his first ministerial experience as summer youth activities director at East End Baptist Church in Columbus. He would go on to serve the next year as a pastoral intern at Fairview Baptist Church, also in Columbus, before becoming a college ministry intern at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 2006-07.
After graduating from Alabama in 2007 with a degree in Organizational Leadership, Kyle earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Preaching/Systematic Theology at Southwestern. On December 26, 2010, he was ordained to the ministry by Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi.
After completing his time as a student at SWBTS, Kyle was asked in April 2010 to stay in Fort Worth as Director of Admissions. He would keep that role for several years and during that time also serve as a pastoral associate at Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington from 2010-2012.
In March 2014, Kyle began his tenure as Dean of Students at Southwestern, a title he’d keep until attaining his current position as Vice President for Student Services in February 2017. While in those leadership roles, he also served as an adjunct professor of preaching (spring 2015) and assistant professor of preaching (May 2015-present). In addition, Kyle and his wife, Lauren, co-taught a newlywed class at Tate Springs Baptist Church from 2014-16. Kyle also served as interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, from April 2016-March 2017.
The author of “Let the Text Talk: Preaching that Treats the Text on its Own Terms,” Kyle is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and Evangelical Theological Society. In August 2012 he was presented with the President’s Thanksgiving Award at Southwestern Seminary.
During his preaching ministry over the last four years, Kyle has presented the Gospel and trained preachers throughout Texas, Mississippi and Alabama as well as in the states of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia, New Mexico, and Virginia. Internationally, he’s preached and taught in the Grand Cayman Islands, United Kingdom, Korea, Myanmar, Mexico, and India.
Kyle, 34 years old, feels a call to minister to the whole church but certainly to reach the next generation with the Gospel and train up future ministers. He and Lauren will celebrate their 11th anniversary in June.
Lauren has served as a children’s ministry intern at First Baptist Tuscaloosa. She taught first grade in Texas for four years before becoming a full-time mom. Lauren is now pursuing the Master of Theological Studies at Southwestern, where she also serves as president of the Southwestern Women’s club and as a mentor for student wives. Kyle and Lauren are members of Travis Avenue Baptist Church.
They have three children: Taylor Grace, 6; Libby Anne, 4; and Clay Kyle, 2.
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