James Arthur Walther, Sr.
James Arthur Walther was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.). He spent most of his professional lifetime
teaching. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area and went to Grove City
(PA) College. Less than a year after graduating from Western (now
Pittsburgh) Theological Seminary, he entered the Navy chaplaincy and
spent over two years in the Pacific area (1943-45). He then prepared
for his teaching career by attending Victoria University in Toronto,
where he received the Th.D. degree. After a brief pastorate, he
taught Greek and Latin at Grove City College, and then began thirty
years of teaching at Pittsburgh Seminary. He was Emeritus Professor
of New Testament Literature and Exegesis.
Dr. Walther authored a variety of publications and was part of the team that began what would become The Kerygma Program, as well as serving as a member of the Kerygma Editorial Board. He wrote the first course which is known as Kerygma: the Bible in Depth.
He has two children and three stepsons. James Jr. and stepson Robert Langston are Presbyterian ministers. He stayed in the Naval Reserve for thirty years and served the chaplaincy in a number of capacities.
Dr. Walther passed away in December of 2005 and is greatly missed by his Kerygma family.