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.