Walker announces retirement effective June 30, 2023


Allynn WalkerBy Paul Black
SPRINGFIELD – Mississippi River District Superintendent Allynn Walker announced Dec. 8 that she will retire from active ministry, effective June 30, 2023.

Walker, who is in her fourth year of superintendency, said, “I have full confidence that this is God’s timing. I am grateful for the Kingdom work I have been a part of with you and the Cabinet.
You all will stay in my prayers as you leave your canoes behind to scale the mountains,” in a letter to Bishop Frank J. Beard.

Bishop Beard said that Walker will be missed at the Cabinet table.

“It has been a joy to work with Rev. Walker. Her quiet demeanor and Christ-like spirit are a gift to this Cabinet,” he said.  “Allynn’s commitment to the local church and its growth has been a centering point of her ministry. She is a prayer warrior firmly rooted and grounded in God’s word. I wish her well in retirement.”

Her retirement comes at a time when the IGRC Cabinet is downsizing from 10 to five districts and from eight superintendents to five with a target date of July 1, 2023. Two retiring superintendents from 2021 were not replaced and the 10 districts have been supervised by the remaining eight superintendents.

Walker’s ministry has been fruit-filled, having served as a Deacon and as an Elder in the church. She is noted as a gifted leader that has an infectious love for Jesus.

A native of Springfield, Walker said she “experienced the local church at its best” at her home church, the Jerome UMC. A graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Eden Theological Seminary, Walker taught sociology at the University of Wisconsin and was an academic advisor at the University of Texas before receiving her call to ministry.

In 2002, Walker began candidacy as a deacon and served as associate pastor of Springfield First UMC. In 2005, she was ordained a deacon in full connection. Sensing a new direction in her ministry, Walker began working on the elder’s track, a process that culminated with her ordination as an elder in 2013.