Walter is the Vice President and CO-Founder of Forgiven Ministries.
Walter was born in Indiana, PA. By the age of 7 or 8, he was being molested by a person that one of his mothers’ friends’ children that would babysit. Even though, he was loved dearly by his mom and dad, he believed that he had no one that he could confide in about what was happening to him.
On January 21, 1987, a coworker and Walter went out drinking. Eventually, the coworker wanted to go home and asked Walter if he wanted a ride home. Walter told him that he was supposed to meet a guy at his place in a little while to pick up the money that he owed him. So, he stayed at the bar and spent all the money that he had.
Walter should have gone home because he ended up committing a terrible crime that night where 2 people died. As a result, the State of Pennsylvania sentenced him to 2 natural life sentences. Walter accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior in 1988. Once he accepted Jesus into his life, God gave him eternal life and He eventually took the 2 naturals away. Walter believes that he is a walking miracle because he is now on the outside testifying of just how much God has changed his life.
Before Walter was released from prison God revealed two things to him: (1) That his long unanswered prayer for a Christian wife was going to be finally answered; (2) The Lord wanted him to start a ministry to help men transition out of prison.
About six months to a year before Walter was released from prison, (January 2008) the Lord began working on him regarding his prejudice and hatred toward black people. He heard the Spirit say to him plain as day, “You are prejudice and that needs to go! You cannot receive all that I have prepared for you if you are harboring that.” So he asked Him to help him get over it. God is so good.
Walter was finally released from the Center in Pittsburgh on August 21, 2008. He fell in love with a beautiful woman of God, (Lillian Beatty) even though he was so unprepared. But God knew exactly what He was doing.
They were married by Pastor John Bowers on November 1, 2009