From the Toilet to the Pulpit - A Testimony from Pastor Ronald Walker

It’s amazing to me what God will do with someone who has made a heartfelt decision to serve Him with all of their heart, might and soul.

When I was out in the world doing everything I thought I was grown enough to do, things would pop up in my mind. I would find myself talking about the Bible even though I was totally ‘blowed’. I would find myself saying, “If I ever got saved I know the devil would have a fit!”

I knew Satan would be afraid of me because I would serve God just as hard as I served him. I would make just as many disciples or more for God as I had made for him, because at that time I was the chiefest of sinners. Before I was saved, it had gotten to the point where my party friends would say oh no he’s going to ruin our high.

I would be in a club and someone would start talking to me and the next thing you know they would say, “You don’t belong here.” Little did I know, it was the words that are found in Proverbs 22:6-7 working in my life:  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Growing up, even though my parents were not living a Christian life, they made sure we went to church every Sunday. That stuck in me throughout my teenage years on up to adulthood. While searching for a church home, a young lady invited me to Word of Faith Christian Center and after one service I was hooked on the teaching of the book of Revelation.

A couple years later I made the commitment of a lifetime. I decided to do what I have been confessing all those years. I started really serving the Lord with all my heart, might and strength. I committed myself to serving God as hard as I did the devil. When I made that decision is when God presented me with my beautiful wife Sharon who also was serving God with all of her might.

We were involved in everything we could: Comforters, Youth, Children’s Church, and the Soul Winning Attack Team. We ministered in nursing homes and the choir; then God placed it upon my heart to work in the maintenance department of the church.

At the same time, God placed upon my wife’s heart to start a department in the church called the Z.E.S.T. team, and their main function was to clean the bathrooms in between the multiple services.

My wife went to the School of Ministry (SOM) in 1991 and I went to the SOM in 1993. During this time we were both serving any way we could. We weren’t trying to be seen by the Pastor or trying to be recognized by anyone else. We just wanted to serve God with all our heart, might and strength. During this process, we were totally committed to the vision of the ministry where God placed us.

We were content with cleaning toilets and praying over them. But the entire time God was working on something. The Bible says in Mark 10:44, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” We were literally servants of all!
 
When Bishop Butler brought a gentleman in by the name of Pastor Solomon Turner to teach on the ministry of helps I went to another level of serving.

I received the revelation of what Paul says in Philippians 1:6-7,Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” I found out that I could be a partaker of the same grace that was on Bishop Butler through serving.

Not only by serving Bishop Butler, but also serving the entire ministerial staff. I was on a quest for the anointing that was on their lives. I understood if I sowed seed into their lives and served them I could partake of the anointing on their lives.

Whenever I would see any of the ministerial staff, I refused to allow them to carry anything.  When I would see Bishop Butler or Pastor Deborah Butler, I was quick to sow seed into their lives. It might not have been much, but I sowed it anyway. Why? I sowed because I understood how to receive the anointing.

Next, after we graduated from the School of Ministry and while my wife and I were still cleaning toilets, Bishop asked us about going to Jamaica to serve as missionaries.

However, Jamaica didn’t happen. What did we do? We went back to cleaning the church until we received the call to pastor the church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

We literally went from the toilet to the pulpit. When you serve God with all your heart, He will make you the chiefest. It wasn’t about the man or the woman even though we loved them dearly; it was about the anointing that I had a hunger for. I didn’t care if they even knew my name. As a matter of fact one day Bishop was walking through the sanctuary and he said, “Ron I want you to move something.” I was shocked! He actually said my name. At first I looked around to see if there was another Ron in the room. But he was actually talking to me. Why was I shocked? For me it didn’t matter if anyone knew me or not, I just wanted to serve my Lord Jesus just as hard as or even harder than I served the devil previously.

I just wanted to fulfill this promise I made to the Lord. For that reason God took me from the toilet to the pulpit. If you’re in the ministry, I want to encourage you to not serve to be seen by man. Serve God with all your heart and he will openly reward you. Your story may be different than mine, but God is no respecter of persons. He always honors His Word!

This article is written by Pastor Ronald Walker

Senior Pastor of Word of Faith in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands