(1768–1833), the founder of the Church of God (Walkerites). Walker was born in Roscommon, the son of a Church of Ireland clergyman. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1790, was ordained priest in the Church of Ireland, and from 1794 to 1804 served as a chaplain in Bethesda chapel, the spiritual centre of Church of Ireland evangelicalism. Walker was also a fellow of Trinity College, an eminent classical scholar, and a formidable theological controversialist. In the early 1800s he became steadily more critical of the Church of Ireland and of his fellow evangelicals, resulting in his secession in 1804.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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