Randi J. Walker

Professor of Church History
Doctor of Ministry Program Director

Academic Credentials: 
BUS, University of New Mexico, 1974; MA, School of Theology at Claremont, 1978; MDiv, School of Theology at Claremont, 1982; PhD, Claremont Graduate School, 1983.
“Leaders of historic and emerging faith communities need to know how to pay a visit to the ancestors. The stories we tell about the past shape us and move us into the future in particular ways. Looking into the rear-view mirror from time to time allows wisdom to catch up to us - memories of what we want to keep or recover from our traditions and memories of what we do not want to happen ever again. Looking back helps us to remember what happens when communities, in arrogance and pride, mistake their own purposes for God’s. More importantly, it helps us to renew our hope as we remember grace-filled times when God’s divine surprise changed the course of things.”

Dr. Walker is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served as a pastor in the Southern California Conference. Her current research focuses on the cultural diversity of Protestantism in the North American West from 1850 to 1950, including Mexico, the United States and Canada. Dr. Walker studies the places of interaction across lines of race and culture among Protestants in the North American West, particularly with regard to public policy issues relating to race and culture. Her writings include The Evolution of a UCC Style: History and Ecclesiology of the United Church of Christ (2005), Emma Newman: A Frontier Woman Minister (2000) and Protestantism in the Sangre de Christos 1850-1920 (1991).

Dr. Randi J. Walker - Curriculum Vitae