Overseer Thomas E. Walker, is an outstanding community
leader, entrepreneur, pastor, and founder of the Main Street
Church of the Living God. Born and raised in Decatur, IL. he
graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1968. In 1971, he
attended a School of Arts in LA for Commercial Modeling.
Overseer had desire and a vision to return to Decatur to enhance
the community for all people. Upon his return, he obtained two
full-time employment positions, Caterpillar Corporation and
Firestone Inc.

In 1978, he was called into the ministry where he served for
eleven years under the late Bishop Hebert Dickerson at the
Church of the Living God, Pillar Ground of the Truth, Temple #1.
During his first term of ministry, he served as Youth Pastor and
later became an Elder. Having a desire to expand his theological
knowledge, he enrolled at Lincoln Christian College & Seminary
in Lincoln , IL . Upon Bishop Dickerson’s retirement, Overseer
Walker was appointed Overseer and Pastor of Temple #1 in 1989
until 1995.

Overseer Walker has received numerous awards and has been
recognized for his community outreach. Some of his awards
include, 2nd Place Forsyth Chili/Salsa Cook-off, Member of the
Cambridge Metropolitan Who is Who since 2007, St. Mary’s
Hospital Real Men Wear Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness),

His professional expertise includes 1974-current Owner/Operator
of Walker Used Car Dealership, 1989-1993- Ford/Lincoln/Mercury
Car Dealership, and 1996-Current owner/operator of Walker
Funeral Service & Chapel.

Overseer Thomas Walker serves on several community boards,
Served as Illinois District Overseer of the National Pillar Ground
of Truth District. Ministerial Alliance Associations, Decatur Teen
Challenge, Decatur Consumer Credit Counseling Service
University of Illinois Extension, New Life Pregnancy Center ,
Decatur Community Partnership, and Decatur School District #61
One Voice.
In 1995, he founded the Main Street Church of the Living God at
1075 N. Main St. , Decatur, IL until July 2000. Overseer’s vision
for his congregation was to minister outside of the church into
the community, which he lives, to prepare Main Street Disciples
to move into a bigger edifice in August 2000. This edifice has
blessed the ministry to increase in numbers and a list of
ministries that range in areas of youth programs, senior
programs, young adult programs, marriage ministry, single
ministry, grief ministry, health ministry which includes Breast
Cancer Awareness, HIV/AIDS Educational and Prostate
Awareness. Included in Church motto, “Where there is no
vision, the people perish…Proverbs 29:18, Overseer Walker’s
vision is to minister God’s word to reach the whole man, so the
people of God walk in the power and authority God has given
us through his Son, Christ Jesus.
for Life, involving the prevention of the HIV disease. Which received an Outstanding Community Service Award
from the State of Illinois.

The Weed and Seed Program works together to reduce crime in the inner city. Through this organization Overseer works closely
with Decatur Police Dept, Probation and Parole, FBI, DEA, Decatur Correctional Center, Illinois Dept of Corrections, US Attorney and
Macon County States Attorney, the Macon County Sheriff and the Decatur Fire Department, and Cease Fire, Youth
With A Positive Direction, Old Kings Orchard, Reasonable Services and The Boys and Girls Club.

Through his direction our Church is on the United Way review panel that allocates funding to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys
and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, and Project success. Also associated with the Disproportionate Minority Contact,
Macon County Juvenile Justice Council, central Illinois Commission on Children and Youth, Coalition of Neighborhood
Organizations, Macon County Support Advisory Council, Teen Health Advisory Board, Decatur Health Coalition, Drug Free
Communities, Decatur Education Coalition, M.O.M.S, For the Girls, Digg (Decatur is Growing Gardeners), Decatur Housing Authority,
Youth Advocate, Junior Achievement, Youth With A Positive Direction, Department of Children and Family Services, NAACP, Caring
Black Men, Homeward Bound, Member of Neighbor Works and National Crime Prevention Council.