Dr. Walter Mueller, Jr. (D. Min.) 88, of Palmyra, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Londonderry Village. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Walter and Pauline Mueller, Sr. He was the loving husband of Janet M. Mueller, with whom he shared 66 happy years of marriage.
After graduating from Northeast High school in Philadelphia, where he was editor-in-chief of the yearbook, Walter attended Upsala College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages and Literature in 1955. Also, in 1955, Walter graduated from Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and would go on to graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology in New Testament Studies in 1958. In 1993, Walter graduated with his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Walter dedicated his life to serving God and his Church. Walter started his ministry by serving as the rector of the St. Luke’s Reformed Episcopal Church in Murray Hill, New Jersey and then as rector at St. Mark’s Reformed Episcopal Church in Jenkintown, PA. From 1970 until 1990, Walter served as the Senior Pastor at Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church (USA) in Maple Glen. After retiring from full-time ministry, he went on to serve as an Interim Pastor at churches in Philadelphia and Fairless Hills Pennsylvania and Goldsboro, Leggett, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
While serving as a pastor in Pennsylvania, Walter had the opportunity to teach at several different colleges including Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Philadelphia Urban Center, Geneva College’s Center for Urban Theological Studies, and Lutheran Theological Seminary. He also served as a faculty consultant for Thomas Edison State University.
During his lifetime, Walter had the opportunity to write for several different publications like Christianity Today, Eternity, The Evangelical Quarterly (Great Britain), Pulpit Digest, Ministry, Presbyterians Today, The Presbyterian Layman, and a few entries in the Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia. While living in North Carolina after his retirement from full-time ministry, Walter wrote a religious column for The Daily Southerner in Tarboro, NC. In addition to the many articles he wrote, he also authored five books: Grammatical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek, Shortcuts to Using the Greek New Testament, Fundamentals of New Testament Greek, Direct Mail Ministry, and God’s Amazing Grace.
Walter also had the opportunity to serve his denomination a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1990 and on the Sessions Records Committee and the Ministerial Relations Committee for the Philadelphia Presbytery. He also served on the Ministerial Relations Committee for the New Hope Presbytery of North Carolina. Walter was given the opportunity to serve his state as the Chaplain for the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1987.
Walter will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and “Grandpop” and in addition to his wife Janet, he will be missed by his three sons: Dr. Walter Mueller, III husband of Lisa, of Elizabethtown, Mark J. Mueller husband of Jackie, of Bainbridge, and Kenneth E. Mueller husband of Becky, of Lancaster. He will also be missed by his 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service celebrating Walter’s life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding: PO Box 414, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 or William and Mary Hart Presbyterian Church: 7657 NC-33, Tarboro, NC 27886.