Walker Leadership Institute

Walker Rural and Small Town Fellows

In response to the growing challenges facing congregational leaders serving in rural and small-town communities, the Walker Leadership Institute is launching a fellows’ cohort to support, engage and educate these leaders for new ministry ventures.

For our purposes, anyone who identifies as a small town or rural congregational leader is welcome.

The Walker Rural & Small Town Fellows Cohort will provide the opportunity to identify, develop and launch a new work with the support of a group of 6 – 8 leaders working in similar contexts. Using lean development and elements of design thinking, the process gives fellows a way to discover, design, and deliver a new offering to enhance their ministry in their current setting.

Learn more here

Insights for Leadership in Challenging Times

Insights is a series of conversations on topics related to missional leadership. In each conversation Walker Leadership founding director Steve Lawler interviews subject matter experts as they share insights from their work that will strengthen the practice of missional leadership.
Register here
to watch the guest speakers.

Langenberg Leadership Forums

Langenberg Leadership Forum
The Langenberg Leadership Forum is a program for business and organizational leaders offered through The Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary.

Monthly forums are hosted and speakers share their experience in community leadership.

  • Chris Krehmeyer currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Housing in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Krehmeyer has been a highly-recognized national and local leader in the community development field for more than 30 years, having served as board chair for both the National NeighborWorks® Association and Home Matters. Mr. Krehmeyer has received several distinguished service awards in the St. Louis area and is a member of the Community Housing Capital Loan Committee. Mr. Krehmeyer earned a bachelor’s degree, in Urban Studies, from Washington University and Honorary Doctorate of Human Letter Letters, from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
    Register to see his Leadership Forum
  • Tishaura Jones announced her candidacy for mayor of the City of St. Louis November 4, 2020. Tishaura Jones political career began in 2002 when she was appointed as Democratic Committeewoman of the 8th Ward in the City of St. Louis. She has recently served for two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, and when selected by her colleagues as the Assistant Minority Floor Leader, became the first African-American and the first woman to hold this position in Missouri history.
    Register to see her Leadership Forum
  • Jennifer Hillman is an innovator, a community leader, a graphic artist, a devoted member of her family, and a source of wisdom for many in the St. Louis community.  Some of her recent efforts include the launch of the WE Schools program in Missouri, the founding of the Hillman Scholar program for first-generation college students, and work to support the Cancer Frontier Fund at the Siteman Cancer Center. The support that she and Tom have given over the years to the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University was recognized through the naming of its newest building as Hillman Hall.
    Register here to see her Leadership Forum.
Tools for Leadership Webinar Courses

 Press Release

Tools For Leadership Webinar Courses are designed for congregational leaders with information to assist them in their role as church leaders.  Webinar participants may, if you choose, obtain a certificate from Eden by choosing the certificate option on the registration page and completing questions at the end of the webinar.  Participate Here.

NEXT Steps: Midlife and Beyond

NEXT Steps is a new, non-degree program of study and reflection for spiritually minded middle- and older-age professionals. NEXT Steps will lead you through a process of discovering purpose-filled work that contributes to the Common Good in our community. The class is forming now.

Click here for more information about NEXT Steps

LIFE at Eden

LIFE (Lifelong Learning Institute of Faith Exploration) is an open enrollment program for all people of faith:  lay persons, clergy, seekers, churches and nones.  LIFE is a series of mostly one-day seminars designed for anyone who would like to deepen and enrich their understanding of scripture, theology, history and the church.

Click here for more information about LIFE at Eden.

Our Mission
Working at the intersection of faith and business, the Walker Leadership Institute equips business leaders with skills and experiences to guide their organizations in better serving the Common Good. The Institute partners with other academic, religious, and business groups to put together workshops, conferences and forums to identify, encourage, and activate community leadership. Our goal is to empower and connect communities.
Our Vision

Business and faith leaders in every community working together for the Common Good.

Our Beginning

Founded in 2016, the Walker Leadership Institute was made possible by a generous gift from the late Ambassador George H. and Dr. Carol B. Walker.