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March 23, 2010

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Cult expert James Walker to teach summer class at The Baptist College of Florida.

Individuals interested in pursuing an advanced understanding of American cults and sectarian groups will have the opportunity to learn from an expert on the subject, James K. Walker, during the first summer term at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla.

Walker, a former fourth generation Mormon, has over 20 years of ministry experience in the field of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics, and discernment. He will team teach a summer course, Missions 405 "American Cults and Sectarian Groups," May 24 through May 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with BCF Associate Professor of Theology Mark Rathel.

Walker holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and a master's degree in Theology from The Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He was born in 1955 to a Mormon family in Jacksonville, Fla., and was trained in their religious practices. He left the Mormon Church and came to know the Lord while he and his wife visited a friend at the Baptist Bible Institute (now BCF). During his time visiting in the Lakeside Apartments, a student led James Walker to a saving relationship with Jesus.

Walker joined the staff of Watchman Fellowship, an apologetics and discernment ministry that provides research and evaluation on cults, the Occult, and new religious movements from a traditional Christian perspective, in 1984 and became president of the organization in 1994.

Because of his background and love for those lost in cults and alternative religions, James Walker has invested his life into reaching them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His desire is to work together with local churches to evangelize those in cults, and to bring them into healthy, Bible-centered churches.

For more information on how you can take advantage of the Missions 405 class, please email Mark Rathel at marathel@baptistcollege.edu.