Staff
Senior Pastor

Alfred M. Walker

By the divine providence of God, Reverend Alfred M. Walker was affirmed by the congregation to serve as the Senior Pastor of Bonnie View Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on September 18, 2016.  He accepted the call to serve and officially began his service on October 2, 2016.  Rev. Walker brings to his position 20 years of senior pastor experience.  For ten years prior to coming to Bonnie View, his pastoral assignment was as the Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

Rev. Walker was reared in Augusta, Georgia.  He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion, and a Master of Divinity degree from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center, both in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition, he has been accepted into a doctoral program at Brite Divinity School, which is located on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rev. Walker has served as Pastor and Chaplain with Baylor Scott & White Health.  He has served as a clinical Chaplain in Georgia at the University Medical Center of Augusta, and now in Texas.  With Baylor Scott & White Health, he served as Chaplain and Faith Community Liaison with the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute for four years prior to joining the Dr. Wilson Weatherford Geriatrics Chaplaincy Program and Faith Community Health Initiative.  He is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Rev. Walker has served on numerous community and civic boards in Georgia and Texas, including the N.A.A.C.P., African-American Pastors’ Coalition, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, South Dallas H.O.P.E. Initiative, and the St. Philip’s School & Community Center.  He is a strong believer in ministering outside the four walls of the sanctuary, and considers it a blessing that his employment with Baylor Scott & White Health enables him to minister to the community.  Rev. Walker has a pastor’s heart as well as a servant’s heart, and he believes that you can teach without preaching, but you cannot preach without teaching.  He is a published author, and has received specialized training for the black church.

Rev. Walker is married to Angela Bedford Walker, and they are the parents of Azaria Ruth, Alfred Mark, and Aisha Renae. 






Pastoral Advisor/Facilitator

Luie B. Crowder

Rev. L. B. Crowder began his journey as a minister in December of 1975 under the leadership of the late Rev. Major Fountain at Bonnie View Christian Church. He has spent most of his life as a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), beginning with Shady Grove Christian Church located in Cason, Texas.

Rev. Crowder has been a committed and faithful minister of the Lord for 30+ years.  He first served as the pastor for Northside Christian Church located in Tyler, Texas, where the congregation grew under his spiritual guidance.  He later became the Pastor of 13th Avenue Christian Church located in Corsicana, Texas, where he served for 14 years until his retirement.

Rev. Crowder was married to Alberta Crowder until 2015 when she made her transition.  He is a devoted father and loves his family dearly.  In his spare time, Rev. Crowder enjoys studying the Bible, bringing prayer and fellowship to the sick and shut-in, and attending his local Y.M.C.A. 






Pastoral Advisor/Facilitator

Vernon Jackson

Vernon Charles Jackson is a gifted Bible lecturer, church leadership developer, and workshop presenter.  He has been a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 40 years.  He became actively involved in church reform and revitalization early in his ministry, and continues to work in this area with pastors and leaders of the church throughout the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship.  His service and involvement in the Christian Church includes serving as president, vice president, and director of the presbytery of the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship, from which he retired after 28 years of service. 

Before his retirement in 2003, Rev. Jackson served as the Senior Pastor of New Fellowship Christian Church in the biblical city of Palestine, Texas.  Rev. Jackson has received many awards for outstanding service to the church and the community.  He is also the author of three unpublished book manuscripts entitled “Thy Neighbor As Thyself”, “The Lord’s Question … My Answer”, and “Deacons …Organized to be Servant Models”.  A native of Louisiana, Rev. Jackson resides in Dallas with his wife, Gloria. 






Pastoral Advisor/Facilitator

Sherley Walker

Rev. Sherley Collier-Walker has 30+ years of experience in Early Childhood Education in inner city private schools and childcare settings, including eight years as Lead Classroom Teacher with children 3-6+ years old and nine years as Director of the Creative Learning Center (Talented & Gifted School for low income students).  Her education and training includes teacher certification from both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

As a retiree, Sherley pursues a wide range of personal and community interests.  She has been a member of Bonnie View for over 30 years.  Minister Walker has served on many committees, taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, led Bible study, and been a choir member.  She has held office in the North Texas Area Disciples Women's Ministry, and currently serves as Chaplain for the Bonnie View Disciples Women's Ministry.  She has been a presenter for the NTA/TBA Leadership Events, Disciples Women's Retreat at Athens, and Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship at Jarvis Christian College.  She completed her Licensed Ministry Training in 2005 and is a Commissioned Minister with Standing in the Christian Church (DOC) in the Southwest. 

 






Director of Music

Simone Jackson

Simone is a native Dallasite who accepted Christ and began her faith journey at Bonnie View as a child.  She began singing at a very young age, and sang in all choirs, from children's to adult.  Her singing gift allowed her to attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she won a national award for vocal jazz, and performed locally with some of Dallas' best jazz and gospel musicians.  After years of music leadership at Bonnie View, Simone now serves as the Director of Music.

 






Organist

Tawanna Sargent

Tawanna Sargent serves as organist for Bonnie View Christian Church.  She is a native of Tyler, Texas, where she served diligently in ministry from childhood.  Tawanna grew up in a Christian family.  God appointed her and blessed her at the age of four to be a willing vessel for Him.  Because of her availability, God blessed her to be the main musician at a local church in Whitehouse, Texas at the age of seven.  With guidance and direction from her parents, Tawanna assumed the role of Minister of Music at age 12.  God has and He is using her experiences to edify His Kingdom through worship and praise throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.  Psalm 71:7-8 - "My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.  That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long."

Tawanna has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  She is a servant leader and a person of integrity and Christian character who is gifted musically.  Her attributes are many, but her servant's heart and attitude are the attributes that stand out above all.

Tawanna has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's in Information Systems.  She will complete requirements for her Ph.D. in Business Management and Leadership from the University of Phoenix in the fall of 2018.

Tawanna is married to Jeffery Sargent.  They have one daughter, Taejah, and four sons -- Jeffery, Jr., Landen, Elijah, and Darian.  She loves spending time with her family, as well as playing basketball and tennis.

Tawanna's favorite Scripture is Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

 

 






Pianist

Gloria Jackson

Gloria Jean Jackson began playing piano at Bonnie View Christian Church at the age of 14.  She is still gracing us with her talent on the ebony and ivory keys.       She attended Jarvis Christian College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  She participated in graduate study programs at Southern Methodist University (SMU), North Texas State University, and Prairie View A&M University.  She became a teacher and taught at Sequoyah Middle School and Edison Environmental Science Academy.  She taught for 35 years and retired in 2000.

In 1965, she married Vernon Jackson.  She has three children:  Monique Durham, Stephen Jackson, and Simone Jackson.  She grew up in Boll Street Christian Church, which later became Warren Avenue Christian Church.  She transferred her membership to Bonnie View Christian Church when her mother married the late Rev. R.L. Sercy.  Rev. Sercy founded East Side Christian Church, which would later become Bonnie View Christian Church.

Her love for Christ is evident in her diligence and dedication to her church family.  She epitomizes the traits of a Christian woman and servant.  We can never pay her enough for her time and talents, but we want to say thank you for all the years of service she has given to the ministries here at Bonnie View.  






Percussionist

Jacob Traylor

Jacob Traylor received formal percussion training as a student in the Dallas Independent School District, having played drums since grade school.  The late Mr. Allison Tucker, widely regarded as an authority in the music field, was his first instructor.  Jacob has deep roots at Bonnie View, with many family members he can count as current or past members.  He served as percussionist at Bonnie View from 1998-2015, and from 2016-present.  His job duties have included playing for the Sanctuary Choir, Children's Choir, and Male Chorus, as well as any special groups every Sunday.  He has also participated in several music workshops where he gained insight from the instructions of the guest clinician as well as valuable experience. 

He is a native of Dallas who graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 2000.  He strongly believes in Christ and in using what He has blessed you with.  






General Secretary

Deborah Traylor

Sis. Deborah Royal Traylor has served as General Secretary of Bonnie View Christian Church since June 1983.  She has been privileged to serve under five pastors:  Rev. M. L. Fountain, Dr. Claude Walker, Rev. Gilbert Guidry, Rev. Dwayne Rodgers, and Rev. Alfred M. Walker.  She was born in Dallas; however, her childhood was spent in the Piney Woods of East Texas in Daingerfield. 

She has been a member of Bonnie View since 1978.  In addition to serving as General Secretary, Sis. Traylor is active in several ministries.  She is grateful for all the gifts that God has given her, and delights in using them for His glory. 






Custodian

Geline (Jeannie) Walker

Sis. Jeannie Walker serves as Custodian of Bonnie View Christian Church.  She has served Bonnie View faithfully since 2006.  Jeannie is a long-time member with a family that has deep roots in Bonnie View.  Sis. Walker has a cheerful, giving spirit, and she takes great pride in keeping her church clean and beautiful in appearance.  Because of her love for her church and the pride she has in doing her job well, she often goes beyond what her job duties entail.  Sis. Walker is active within her church and presently serves on several ministries.  She has answered the call to evangelism, and realizes the importance of seeking the unsaved and lost. 






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