Joseph Michael Walker, 68, of Princeton, New Jersey died unexpectedly of a heart attack at home on January 22, 2022. Born in Sterling, Co. he graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts, then earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Va. in 1979.
He served as the pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Richmond VA for three years, and then the Tarkio Presbyterian Church in Tarkio, Missouri for seven years before joining the Church Financial Campaign Service of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a Campaign Consultant for eight years. Subsequently he worked within the Department of Consumer Affairs of the State of New Jersey for 21 years, where he retired in 2018 as the Executive Director of the Boards of Psychological Examiners and Social Workers. Nassau Church was his home for 33 years and he enjoyed preaching for other congregations in the presbytery.
Over the years he served on innumerable committees and boards, among them Arm in Arm (then the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton). His lifelong pursuit of musical interests included singing in choral groups, teaching classes on opera, and knowing all the answers to all the music questions on Jeopardy.
In retirement with his wife Joyce, he enjoyed life to the fullest as a very fine amateur photographer of birds and nature - seeking out bird sanctuaries, nature hikes and beautiful places from Nova Scotia to Belize, Florida to British Columbia and everywhere in between. He was an amazing family chef, entertaining guests with gourmet meals, never exactly following a recipe, and sharing his love of cooking and welcoming with his children.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joyce MacKichan Walker; his children Rebekah and Andrew; one nephew, Blair Walker of Jacksonville, FL; one aunt and numerous cousins.
A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 30 at 1:00PM EST at Nassau Presbyterian Church. The Service will be live streamed at nassauchurch.org.