Dr. Bradley N. Walden
Saturday 2nd of November 1940 - Thursday 3rd of January 2019
Dr. Bradley N. Walden, faithful husband of 57 years to Barbara Sue Greer Walden, passed peacefully to be with his Lord at his home on January 3, 2019. He was born on the banks of the Ohio River at Dam 32 in Lewis County, KY on November 2, 1940 to the late Woodie Jr. and Correne Barbour Walden. After graduation from Lewis County High School in 1958 he attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (accounting). While there, he spied a beautiful brunette named Barbara in the church choir and pursued her until she agreed to be his wife on November 18, 1961. A member of the Army ROTC, he completed his military service as registrar at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN, leaving the service in 1965 as a Captain. During these years, he began a preaching ministry and was ordained in 1967.
Bro. Brad served as a pastor for over 40 years, beginning as the founding pastor at the Chapel Rock Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN, 1964-1969), then at the Tates Creek Christian Church (Lexington, KY, 1969-1982), the Antioch Christian Church (Madison Co., KY, 1982-1984), and the Westwood-Cheviot Church of Christ (Cincinnati, OH, 1984-1990). Bro. Brad returned to Tates Creek Christian in 1990 and served there until his retirement in 2004. He earned a Master of Religious Education from the Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis, IN, 1968) and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lexington Theological Seminary (Lexington, KY, 1986).
Since his retirement in 2004, he continued to serve area pastors and churches, preaching in 56 churches over the next 14 years. He also participated in the Bridge Club of Lexington, making many new friends and earning the rank of Gold Life Master.
Bro. Brad and his wife had two children, Mark (Kimberly) Walden of Cincinnati, OH, and Beth Walden Lee of Versailles, KY. He was exceedingly proud of his 10 grandchildren: Christopher Lee of Miami, FL, Stephen Walden of Indianapolis, IN, Michael (Haley) Lee of Lexington, KY, Megan Walden of Indianapolis, IN, Gregory Walden of Lexington, KY, Cara Walden of Cincinnati, OH, Joseph Walden of Cincinnati, OH, Jackson (Kaitlyn Hayes) Lee of Versailles, KY, Zachary Lee of Versailles, KY, and Emily Walden of Cincinnati, OH. He is “always in your corner!” He was preceded in death by his brother James Kelly Walden of Maysville, KY and sister Betty Lou Walden Danner Secoy of Marietta, OH. He was also preceded in death by his beloved in-laws, Lee and Gladys Greer of Roley, KY.
He was greatly loved by his family and friends, as well as the countless ministers he mentored and encouraged over the years.
Visitation will be at the Tates Creek Christian Church, 3150 Tates Creek Road, Lexington KY 40502 on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Services will be at the church on Saturday, January 12 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Frankfort Cemetery, 215 E. Main Street Frankfort, KY 40601.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Blue Grass Christian Camp (Debt Reduction Fund) 7463 Athens Boonesboro Road, Lexington, KY 40509 or bluegrasschristiancamp.org.
Keith and Beverly Hardingsays
Wonderful memories to carry in your hearts forever. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to family and friends.
Sheree and Sandy Douglasssays
Our deepest sympathy and love during this difficult, yet blessed time. Prayers.
My deepest sympathy to a dear brother in Christ's family. To a very lovely family, and it is my prayer that all will experience His strength and blessings, If there is ever anything I can do for you, just let me know. The Lord bless all and keep them in His loving care.
Proverbs 18 contains a lot of wisdom, and it ends by saying that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Brad, and the entire Walden family, are like that. An extension of our family; Closer than some. Brad played such an important role in my life. When Yvonne and I decided to elope and thought about ministers who might marry us, we quickly concluded that Brad was the man. When we later had questions about various churches, Brad provided wise insight. As my parents aged and the family needed wise counsel in making decisions, Brad was there, and we are grateful. When both my parents died, we all knew who could best preach those funerals. As a man possessing a superior intellect and knowledge of scripture, Brad never talked down to you but always encouraged and uplifted. I can recall being in his Sunday School class and the questions could vary from deep philosophy to fresh faith, and he treated them all the same, shifting gears from Church 101 to doctoral Greek studies with ease. A champion of our brotherhood. A great example of faith, vision and prayer. How different the landscape of the church because of Brad and Barbara’s dedication to ministry. We will never know this side of Heaven how many lives Brad touched, but from where I sit it is a lot. Thank God he gave up on accounting! Brad, we will see you soon, and because of your example and ministry, there will be more of us. Thank you.
Mary Joe (Gay) Hertzogsays
In my many years of knowing Brad, He was like a father to me and guided me thru a lot of rough times...He was always there to listen no matter what...He showed me God and how to put my trust in Him...my prayers to Barbara and all His family....He will be greatly missed.
Brad was a champanion Christian unity.I considered him a dear friend and colleague. He was an active member of the committee that planned the 2001 celebration of the Great Revival at Cane Ridge of 1801. Don Nunnelly