Christopher, Sr., Olden Walter

2/26/1999

OLDEN WALTER CHRISTOPHER, SR.
Jan. 5, 1907-Feb. 26, 1999
 
“….I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I found my peace at close of day.
I could not stay….”

The above words remind me of Olden Walter Christopher. A man in perpetual motion for his Lord and his church. He could not stay here. God had more for him to do on the other side.
Olden Walter Christopher, son of the late Christopher and Ellen Williams Christopher, was born January 5, 1907 in Napoleonville, Louisiana. At an early age, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he remained until God called him to his eternal home on February 26, 1999.
He joined Peck United Methodist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend J.W. Turner and was baptized in the Atchafalaya River at the age of 12. He was ordained as a Methodist Minister in 1943 and an elder in full connection in 1945. His first pastorate was Thirkield, Bogalusa, Valena C. Jones at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, St. Peter and churches in Natchitoches, Newlton, Lime and Maringouin. Among the churches served in the Greater New Orleans area were Brooks, Grace, Peoples, Philip Memorial, St. Matthew, Asbury in Algiers, and Boyton in Gretna.
God used Brother Christopher in a mighty way in each charge, for he was not ashamed to tell the old, old story—he found the time to serve as an evangelist active and in retirement, as this writer can attest, as he was the evangelist at First Street United Methodist Church before and after his retirement, and warmed our hearts with great messages!
Brother Christopher married the former Onesophorus Lunnon on February 4, 1940. They were blessed to celebrate fifty-nine years of marriage in February 1999.
. He joined Peck United Methodist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend J.W. Turner and was baptized in the Atchafalaya River at the age of 12. He was ordained as a Methodist Minister in 1943 and an elder in full connection in 1945. His first pastorate was Thirkield, Bogalusa, Valena C. Jones at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, St. Peter and churches in Natchitoches, Newlton, Lime and Maringouin. Among the churches served in the Greater New Orleans area were Brooks, Grace, Peoples, Philip Memorial, St. Matthew, Asbury in Algiers, and Boyton in Gretna.
God used Brother Christopher in a mighty way in each charge, for he was not ashamed to tell the old, old story—he found the time to serve as an evangelist active and in retirement, as this writer can attest, as he was the evangelist at First Street United Methodist Church before and after his retirement, and warmed our hearts with great messages!
Brother Christopher married the former Onesophorus Lunnon on February 4, 1940. They were blessed to celebrate fifty-nine years of marriage in February 1999.

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1999; p. 254 By Abraham E. Davis