After a degree in Classics and Theology and two years at a theological college, Edward Walker served as an Anglican priest for 18 years. Five of these years he spent in South Africa during the apartheid era, most of them as Rector of the Soutpansberg, a vast area at the extreme north of the country, including the "Bantustan" of Vendaland and the copper mine of Messina. Facing the daily tensions imposed by the Nationalist government, he enlisted the support of Dr. Beyers Naude, and with a courageous Afrikaans minister established a feeding scheme to address the huge problem of malnutrition. Eight years after returning to the UK he resigned his ministry and completed a PGCE at Birmingham University. This led to fourteen years as assistant and then head of a large Religious Education department at a state comprehensive school. During his six years of semi-retirement he served as external tutor for RE students at Westminster Teacher Training College, as A level Religious Studies teacher for students in Oxford and Henley, as a volunteer at a night shelter for homeless young people, and for ten years as a member of a team of volunteers helping to maintain the Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails. He lived in Oxford. Edward Walker sadly passed away in 2018.
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