President David James (D-6) will join the congregation of First Gethsemane Baptist Church this Sunday, May 19th for a special event in honor of the late Rev. T. Vaughn Walker.
The Church will officially rename its Center for Family Development Building, the Dr. T. Vaughn Walker, Center for Family Development, in his honor during an official ribbon cutting which will begin at 12:00pm.
“Pastor Walker was a great inspiration to not only his church but the people of the community,” says James. “I am honored to join his family and friends in paying tribute to a man whose quiet nature and determination touched the lives of many and now his presence will be a reminder to all on how we should treat everyone who seeks help and guidance.”
“Dr. T. Vaughn Walker served as a Champion for the underserved in this community. As an educator, he was committed to leveling the playing field by providing opportunities that would open the doors to a better future for low income families. His humanitarian legacy will forever be engraved in the hearts and minds of those who have and will benefit from the numerous programs/activities offered at the Dr. T. Vaughn Walker Center for Family Development,” says Rev. Keith A. Bush, Sr., Interim Pastor. “As a church, we deem it an honor to rename our center after the man who birthed this vision.”
Pastor Walker came to First Gethsemane Baptist Church in 1984.
During his tenure at First Gethsemane, he had a major impact on the community and future ministers. He also held the community’s needs as a high priority, especially the needs of children. Under his leadership, the church not only grew its membership but its outreach in the Louisville area as well.
In January of this year, Dr. Walker went on to the place he preached to so many thousands about and met the heavenly father he so loved.
The Church will officially dedicate the Dr. T. Vaughn Walker, Center for Family Development Building at 1221 First Gethsemane Avenue.
Created in 1996, the mission of the Center for Family Development is to “reduce the barriers of success” by providing quality facilities, services, and programs to individuals and families in our communities through economic empowerment, and educational, social, and recreational activities. The CFD serves the overwhelming needs of the surrounding communities, which include Arcadia, Park Hill, Iroquois, Algonquin, and Old Louisville.