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Lighting the Darkness


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Free Will Baptist North American Ministries (NAM) is dedicated to planting churches across America as well as Canada, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Chaplains minister to thousands of men and women in the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, and Reserve forces. And cross cultural church planting specialists connect with people who have come to America from all over the world. Learn more about our ministry:

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Remembering Chaplain (MAJ) Walter Golding

Goldsboro, North Carolina—After trusting Christ as his personal Savior in 1956 as a young marine, Walter “Walt” Golding answered the call to be a Free Will Baptist minister and then a military chaplain. Chaplain Golding and his wife Lena served their country and Free Will Baptists for over 15 years, touching the lives of many military members and their families.


Chaplain Golding deeply sensed God’s calling to be a military chaplain and patiently waited for a position to open. While he waited, he taught school at Faith Christian School in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Ruth’s Chapel School in New Bern, North Carolina. In June 1974, Chaplain Golding received a call from Home Missions General Director Bob Shockey asking if he was interested in being an Air Force chaplain. Walt enthusiastically replied “Yes, yes!”

After three long years of waiting, the Lord opened the door for him to become a U.S. Air Force chaplain.

Chaplain Golding’s military service as marine, soldier, and airman totaled 24 years. He continued serving the Lord after his military service by serving as a marriage and financial counselor to marines and sailors. He also served for over 20 years on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Walt and Lena were married more than 60 years.

After a long illness, Chaplain Golding went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 8, 2019, at his home.

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