Walker Senior Fellows – Fall 2021

The Walker Leadership Institute benefits through the example and wisdom of leaders whose impact on their congregations and communities is an inspiration to all leaders committed to the common good. We are especially grateful for our two senior fellows; the Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson and the Rev Matt Miosfsky who are profiled below: 


Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson

  • Willis Johnson currently leads Living Tree Church in Columbus Ohio. Prior to starting Living Tree, he was senior minister of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, where thousands have been influenced by his prophetic, faith-filled reflections and strategies on social justice and racial understanding. He counsels bishops, general board agencies, conferences, and local churches across the country. He has also served in professional ministry in Indiana and North Carolina for the last 15 years. Johnson’s writing and lecturing credits range from TIME Magazine, National Public Radio, universities, and seminaries to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has been adjunct faculty at Drew Theological School, Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and Eden Theological Seminary. Recognized as a scholar-practitioner, Johnson authored Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community (Abingdon, 2017)


Rev. Matt Miofsky

  • Matt is the Lead Pastor of The Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. Since Matt founded The Gathering in 2006, it has grown into a thriving multi-site congregation with three locations scattered throughout St. Louis and a vibrant online presence. The Gathering was recently named the 3rd fastest growing large United Methodist Churches. Matt is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in mathematics then completed his Master’s of Divinity at Emory University in Atlanta. He served as an associate pastor for a local UM church in St. Louis before starting The Gathering. Matt serves on the board of directors for Eden. 

Matt is the author of  7 books including “Let Go: Leaning into the Future Without Fear (Abingdon Books, 2019), which is the focus of a Waker Leadership Institute Tools workshop.