Dr. Ja'Ola received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Jameson Bible College and was ordained a founding Elder of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia in 1986. She received her Masters of Education in Counselor Education from West Chester State College. 1980. She holds a Bachelors of Arts, in Psychology from Eastern College, 1976.
Dr "Ja" received training from the Minnesota Institute for Couples Communication and Certified Parents Skills Inc. She has served as an adjunct professor at Eastern Baptist Seminary. There she introduced and taught a class on Ministering out of Wholeness. A class that focused on the emotional and spiritual health of ministers needed before they try to minister to others.
She has been teaching since she was a teenager: neighborhood Bible Club teacher, Camp Counselor, Sunday School teacher.
She won scholarships to two modeling courses as a teenager (John Robert Powers and Trudy Haynes Modeling School). She developed a Total Development class for young African American girls.
She began ministering along with husband even before they were married in P.E.A.C.E. ministries gang ministry. She and Clarence Walker were married in 1976 and began their first marriage enrichment group as a young couple when Ja’Ola was 20 years old.
This ministry grew over 10 years with 12 marriage groups meeting around the city and a singles ministry. She was the co-director. They developed seminars by teaching Biblical principles for a cure for depression, anger, fear and then they began teaching marriage seminars in churches all around the area and then around the nation.
The Walkers have been teaching for 25 years and offer a full library of messages on CD and DVD's. One of Ja’Ola’s most popular and requested message is ‘How To Talk to A Black Man” which deals with the stereotypic black woman with her hands on her hips, swiveling her neck and telling people off. She gives Bible principals to help black women realize that life and death are in the power of their tongue and God wants to use them for healing their communities. She also teaches ‘Wounded Women to Warrior Women” teaching woman how to turn their pain into intercessory prayer power. Her teaching is down to earth, practical, calling people again to God’s standard without compromise.
She served as a Founding Elder along with her husband at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia for 10 years, one of the largest churches in the city.
She is now the Co-Pastor of Fresh Anointing Christian Center, serving as the Administrative Pastor, Elder over the Worship branch and is a vital part of this growing , unique ministry for 13 years in Jan 2012.
Ja'Ola is the author of THE EIGHT POWERS OF A WOMAN, published by Xulon Publishing. She co- authored FOR CHRISTIAN LOVERS ONLY, marriage curriculum with her husband, published by Urban Ministries. Ja’Ola is a contributing author to the book, CALLED TO LEAD, by Moody Press.
Ja’Ola and Clarence have had a daily 5 min radio program on marriage. They have appeared on the Sheila Walsh program on the 700 Club. And were regular guests once a week on the Peter Waldron National radio broadcast from Washington D.C.
They are BMI recording artists for the song –‘Honorable Marriage” written by Clarence Walker and performed by Clarence & Ja’Ola .
She is the mother of two sons Justin and Arthur.