August 24, 1935 - October 8, 2018
Walter Bronson, Jr., Pastor of New Christian Memorial Church, a Native of North Carolina. He was born August 24, 1935, in Walkula, North Carolina, to Walter Bronson, Sr. and Rosa Lee Bronson. While still a toddler, his family moved to Raeford, North Carolina, where he completed his primary and secondary education in local public schools.
On February 14, 1954, Pastor Bronson was called into service with the U.S. Army where he proudly served in the Army’s prestigious 82nd Airborne Division and was honorably discharged in June 1956. Once a civilian, he got his first job at the House of Raeford Turkey Plant in Raeford, North Carolina.
On January 4, 1961, Rev. Bronson married the former Irma Doris Chavis, and to this union, five children were born: three boys and two lucky girls.
In 1961 Pastor Bronson relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, and after numerous jobs, he obtained a position with Giant Food Inc.
As a former Sunday School teacher, bible class teacher, and deacon, he was called to the ministry and preached his initial sermon on April 25, 1968. With his family's support, he was ordained by the Baptist Ministers Conference on September 19, 1969, and rose from the congregation to assume leadership of the church in December of 1969. On January 24, 1970, he was installed as the pastor of New Christian Memorial Church, where he continues to serve as pastor to this day.
His early childhood education was instituted in the Fayetteville City Public School System in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is also a product of Coppin State University and Catonsville Community College. He went on to further his studies at the Virginia Seminary and College, where he was awarded his Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Determined Biblical Theological Institute of Baltimore, Maryland.
His commitment to demonstrating excellence and thoughtfulness in the execution of his ministry has impacted all who have come in contact with him. He is also known as a “Friend to Preachers” by making his pulpit readily available to new preachers.
On November 10, 2008, Dr. Bronson was elected as president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity. On Monday, January 5th, 2009, the installation service took place at the New Christian Memorial Church. This “Great Conference” celebrated its one hundredth anniversary October 2008.
Dr. Bronson believes in allowing the Lord to lead him as he led the people of God. Undoubtedly, God still has some things in store for Dr. Bronson as a leader and the congregation as a whole if they keep their eyes on the prize.
Dr. Bronson is very supportive of the young people in the church and has motivated them to take on multiple responsibilities and active roles in the ministry's growth. He believes in allowing members of all ages to utilize their expertise, talents, and interest in the service of the Lord. Many organizations, programs, and activities have also been developed as a result of his genuine interest in problems related to social, psychological, health, and personal concerns.