"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.