"Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!"

- 2 Kings 13:21 (NLT)

Meet Bishop Walter Harvey

This biblical story illustrates the power of God and the importance of what is passed on through legacy. It’s this story that centers Bishop Walter Harvey’s personal mission to live full and die empty.

Born in Milwaukee in the zip code with the highest rate of incarceration, poverty, unemployment, and other racial disparities in the entire country, Bishop Harvey could have been just another statistic: another prisoner, another drug addict, another lost cause.

The prayers of his mother and the power of God transformed his life. He attended Marquette University to study psychology and counseling and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts. He served as a youth pastor for seven years and served as senior pastor at Parklawn Assembly of God in Milwaukee from 1992 until 2020. An ordained minister in the Assemblies of God, he was consecrated as a Bishop in 2014 by the Outpouring Ministry Network in Milwaukee. His calling as a minister has taken him to numerous countries to plant churches, inspire and develop Christian leaders, and do humanitarian work to transform people’s lives.

He continues to serve in an advisory role at Parklawn while also serving as CEO of Prism Economic Development Corporation and board president for the National Black Fellowship of the Assemblies of God. He speaks across the country and internationally using his humorous, practical, and powerful style to deliver messages of hope and transformation for individuals and communities.

Bishop Harvey believes that the richest piece of land on the face of the Earth is not New York City nor Washington, D.C. nor Chicago. It is the graveyard.

The graveyard is full of unwritten books, unfulfilled dreams, undeveloped inventions, unpinned poems, unsung songs, uncooked recipes, and unfulfilled relationships. It’s full of people who were waiting until tomorrow, yet tomorrow never came. They died with a life full of possibility not yet lived.

Bishop Harvey invites you to join him in living full and dying empty. Live God’s purpose for your life every day and offer it to Him.

“As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”

- 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NLT)

Apostolic Leader, Parklawn Assembly of God

In his current role, Bishop Harvey focuses on serving the church’s vision, guiding church planning, and working toward community transformation. In his previous role as senior pastor, he founded Parklawn Christian Leadership Academy to educate students in grades K4-8. Under his leadership, the church also built a new 40,000 square foot facility with space for church services, children’s ministry, a conference area, a music and fine arts wing, a café, and the accredited School of Urban Ministry and Theological Seminary.

CEO, PRISM Economic Development Corporation

PRISM EDC grew out of Parklawn Assembly of God and focuses on providing services and opportunities to help people experience greater self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope. The organization works to help people find meaningful employment, whether as an employee or an entrepreneur. Their first initiative, Upstart Kitchen provides commercial kitchen space to food entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their own food business while also addressing food insecurity in the area.

Board President, National Black Fellowship of the Assemblies of God

The NBFAG is a network of over 300 urban churches and Christian leaders working toward community transformation. Their outreach efforts include supporting churches in the 25 most under-resourced cities in America to transform those communities, addressing and dismantling systems of racism and speaking truth on issues of racial justice, and recruiting and empowering the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders.

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