Walter Matthew Albritton, Jr.
Biographical Resume

Walter Albritton, a United Methodist preacher, is currently Pastor of Contregational Care at St. James United Mehtodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He and his wife, Dean, reside in Elmore county, about 10 miles south of Wetumpka, Alabama, near the Tallapoosa River. They live at 289 Leigh Lane, Wetumpka, AL 36093. Walter retired in 2002 after serving 48 years in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. His last appointment before retirement was to Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika, Alabama, where he served 13 years as Senior Pastor. He was born March 24, 1932 in Wetumpka, Alabama. After graduating from Wetumpka High School in 1950, he earned degrees from Auburn University and Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He completed the first half of his theological studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Walter was licensed to preach on March 18, 1951, while a student at Auburn University. He was ordained an elder and elected into full connection of the Alabama - West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1958.

Walter married his childhood sweetheart, Dean Brown, on June 1, 1952. They were blessed with five sons: David (deceased), Matthew, Mark, Timothy, and Stephen. They have 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Walter has written numerous books, articles, and tracts. Among his books are these titles: If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; You Simply Can't Trust a Talking Bird; Do the Best You Can With What You've Got, Where You Are, While There's Time; An Exciting Saturday Night Ride in An Ambulance; and Lord, please deliver me, I beg you, from another Live Manger Scene.

He writes a weekly column for the Opelika-Auburn News and a commentary on the International Bible Lessons for adult Sunday School classes. His lessons are available on the Internet (

Walter's friendship with Elton Trueblood, E. Stanley Jones, and Ben Johnson created a lasting interest in small groups and personal witnessing. From 1968-1972 he served on the staff of the General Board of Evangelism in Nashville, Tennessee, working with United Methodists in the development of the Lay Witness Mission denomination.

With his wife, Dean, Walter shares an abiding interest in missions, inspired partly by their visiting United Methodist missionary work in 26 countries. Mission work teams have led them to Haiti, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

Walter enjoys preaching at Camp Meetings, revivals, retreats, and family life conferences. He and Dean frequently speak together and enjoy serving as a team in retreats and conferences. Since his retirement in 2002, Walter has enjoyed teaching some of the dynamic principles of Church Consultant and author Ken Callahan, who has been a close friend since 1990.

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