Pastor Walters accepted the pastorate of Southside Baptist Church in June of 1978 and has now completed 35 years of fruitful ministry here.
He graduated from Baptist Bible College in May 1966. The next day, May 27, 1966 at 11 AM he and Chris were married at High Street Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri by their pastor, Dr. David Cavin. The Lord has blessed their marriage and home with four daughters and sixteen grandchildren.
Before coming to Southside Baptist, Pastor Walters was privileged be part of several other ministries including the planting of the New Testament Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. He also served as assistant pastor and pastor to other churches in North Carolina and Virginia.
As God continued to lead Pastor Walters, his heart became more heavily burdened for missions. In 1995, God definitely led him to begin a Spanish ministry. Out of that ministry, many were saved and some called to preach. Because of the consistent teaching and preaching in the Spanish ministry at Southside Baptist, there are now churches established in both Ecuador and Mexico. The Spanish work that was an outgrowth of Southside Baptist Church is now the Iglesia Bautista Fuenta de Vida, (Fountain of Life Baptist Church) a local, self supporting, independent Baptist church in the city of Rock Hill, SC.
God has called a number of our young people into the Gospel ministry both State side and to the foreign mission field. We now have those who grew up in Southside Baptist serving as missionaries, pastors, youth workers, and school teachers as well as other areas of service. Also our missionary family has been responsible for starting Independent Baptist Churches in Kenya, South Africa and Brazil.
God not only led pastor to assist men and women in their quest to go to the mission field, but he has also been actively involved in their ministry by visiting many missionaries in the countries where they serve, such as: Brazil, Honduras, Kenya, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador.
He serves on the Pastor’s Advisory Board of Fundamental Broadcasting Network, Newport, NC, Silent Word Ministry, International, Trenton, Georgia, Ambassador Baptist College, Lattimore, NC as well as both he and Chris teach in the Deputation School of Global Independent Baptist Missions, Lewisville, Texas.
Tyler and Courtney joined the staff at Southside Baptist Church in August of 2010. They had their first child, Camden, just a month later. Tyler and Courtney both graduated from Crown College in Powell, TN. Immediately following graduation they worked as assistant and youth pastor at a church in northern Indiana until the Lord led them to Southside. They now assist Pastor Walters and work with our teenagers week to week.
Cheryl joined the church staff as secretary in 2007. In addition, Ross and Cheryl also work to maintain the church facilities.