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About Walter J. Lanier

Reverend Walter J. Lanier, M.DIV, JD has just finished celebrating his third year as the pastor of Progressive Baptist Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the second pastor in the church’s 25 year history. Prior to his call to Progressive, both he and first lady, Minister Nichole Lanier, served as associate ministers at Calvary Baptist Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Lanier’s have been happily married for over 20 years and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Zaire and Asante, and one son Askari.

Pastor Lanier is the current Director of Counseling, Advising and Career Planning at Milwaukee Area Technical College where he also serves as the Chair of the President’s Diversity Council. A 1995 graduate of the University of Michigan law school, Pastor Lanier maintained his own business law practice for over a decade prior to joining MATC. In 2005, he began the Great Lakes Urban Empowerment Center which focuses on building a network and proposing solutions for urban cities in the Great Lakes area. Pastor Lanier was also a lecturer in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Africology in the areas of race and constitutional law.

He has served on numerous boards and is deeply committed to being a part of Milwaukee reaching its fullest potential . . .


As of late, I have described myself this way . . .

“Devoted Husband by Choice, Father by Divine Blessing, Minister by Calling, Teacher, Empowerer, Encourager and Builder by Gifting”  

Although, I am certainly able to engage in a good debate, I prefer a rigorous discussion . . . a mutual exchange of ideas. I am at my best when helping others.


8 comments on “About Walter J. Lanier

  1. Laura Weatherington
    December 19, 2016

    Hello Walter, thank you for your ministry. I’d like to ask if the images are yours, and if so whether I can use one. The one I am specifically interested in is in black and white, flat figures with one leaping
    to the cross.


    • wjlanier
      December 20, 2016

      Thank you Laura. I do not recall where I go that image. I believe I pulled it from an internet search several years ago. I have no ownership in it.


  2. Annette Madison
    April 22, 2016

    God’s richest blessings upon your ministry to family, church and community.


  3. T Jones (@Tj414T)
    May 29, 2014

    Continue being the Blessed Shepard for Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and outside the 4 Walls that houses it!


    • wjlanier
      May 29, 2014

      Thank you. Let’s us never grow weary in well doing!


  4. thebridgechicago
    September 13, 2013

    Hi there! I wanted to thank you for following our blog! It made our day! We’re happy to someone so close buy connected with us online. We’re happy to follow back. Keep up the good work pastor!

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago


    • wjlanier
      September 15, 2013



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