Rev Walt Magaha
Walt Magaha - Minister to Students
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A little of Walt's story Pensacola born and raised, Walt came to faith in Jesus at the age of 6, almost 7.  He was baptized at First Baptist Church Pensacola where he fellowshipped regularly and grew in his faith with his family.  During his grade school and middle school years, for the most part, Walt lived in an evangelical, “Christian bubble” until going to public high school at B.T. Washington in Pensacola.  It was in high school that Walt's faith in Christ was challenged.  High school presented Walt with many, different worldviews, religions, philosophies, and lifestyles, which led to many sincere (and sometimes insincere) questions that he could not answer sufficiently.  Questions like these plagued Walt's mind: “How do I know the Bible is reliable, much less The Word of God? What makes one think Jesus is the only way to God?  There are so many other paths with good people in them.  What makes the way of Christ the one and only way?  Why is there so much evil in the world if God is all powerful and completely good?” Consequently, he struggled and wrestled with his faith in Jesus.  Grappling with the lack of answers to his questions took a great toll on him. Chilling thoughts of meaninglessness and of a universe without God discouraged and confused Walt. It was in an 11th grade Bible study class that The Lord began to gently answer some of Walt's questions.  The class utilized the book “More Than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell, which is about the exclusivity of Jesus and the compelling evidence of His life, work, death, and resurrection.  It was during this time in his life that he had an incredible spark of new passion in his heart for The Lord.  After graduating from high school and transitioning into college at Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State College), he got involved with college ministry.  As he went into his second year of college, he began to take leadership roles in a ministry called Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM).  By his third year in college, attending University of West Florida, Walt served as president of the BCM through his fourth year. Throughout his experience with college ministry, Walt sensed a call to church leadership.  After college, Walt went to seminary at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to study for a Master of Divinity (M.Div.).  During his seminary experience, Walt worked as an intern and as an associate to the college ministry at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL.  The last semester of his seminary experience, he was an intern at Calvary Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA. At the beginning of his last year in seminary, Walt met his wife, Tori, at conference called Unashamed, hosted in Atlanta.  Tori and Walt were engaged in May 2014.  Walt graduated in May of 2014 as well.  The Lord opened an opportunity to serve at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church shortly after.  MGBC ordained Walt On August 10, 2014. After beginning to minister at MGBC, Walt and Tori were married on September 27, 2014 in Tori's home town of Winston-Salem, NC. Walt is now the Student Minister at MGBC.  He and his wife serve the students from middle school, high school, and college weekly through worship services, Bible study, discussion gatherings, and special events.  Walt is passionate about (among other things) preaching and teaching the Bible, training and encouraging believers to fulfill their God-given ministry, equipping the Body of Christ to share their faith, and leading others to worship God with their lives. Walt is a husband to Tori, son to Jim and Jeanette, brother to Zach, and owner (slave?) of two cats.  Walt is also a self-proclaimed foodie (especially with sushi, indian food, and country cookin'), an apologetics and theology enthusiast, and a fan of an active, healthy lifestyle. 
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