Dr. Bill Walthall became a Christian at the age of 18 while attending Lake Avenue Congregation Church in Pasadena, California. The late Dr. Raymond Ortlund was the pastor who offered the invitation to receive Christ.
In 1963, Dr. Walthall graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. While at Emory, Walthall was instrumental in starting a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. After graduation, Dr. Walthall joined the Navy and became a Radar Intercept Officer in the F-4 Phantom Squadron VF-161. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy in 1968, Walthall (call sign “Walls”) had completed two deployments to Vietnam and flown 200 combat missions.
After a few years of traveling, Dr. Walthall enrolled in the Physical Therapy program at California State University Long Beach. He graduated in 1973 and began working as a fulltime PT, specializing in acute care. Eventually, Dr. Walthall joined the faculty at the School of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University.
In 1980, Dr. Walthall fulfilled a long-time desire for seminary education and was accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Talbot Seminary, Biola University, graduating in 1983. Four years later, Walthall received the call as the senior pastor of Redlands Bible Church, an independent, non-denominational family church. During his service as pastor, Walthall attended Talbot Seminary once again to earn his doctorate degree (DMin). His dissertation was titled, “A Training Manual for Counselors Using Neil T. Anderson’s ‘Steps to Freedom.’” After 16 years of service, Walthall retired from the church and returned to his former profession as a physical therapist. He is currently employed as a fulltime therapist with the rehabilitation facility of Redlands Community Hospital in Southern California.
Dr. Walthall is currently residing in Redlands, California, where he lives with his wife Nancy. They have two grown daughters, Krista and Leanna (now Leanna Hamilton). Krista is a missionary with International Teams and based in Chicago. Leanna and her husband, Matt, are seniors at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia