Born Walter Franklin Oluwatoyin Horner to Racheal (now US Citizen of Nigeria decsent) and Charles Gerald Horner from Yorkshire UK. A leading software engineer of his time. "Gerry had come to Nigeria as a young man to teach in Oyemekun grammer school in Akure Town, Nigeria between "65"-"68"..
Walter's was born during the Nigerian Civil war called "Biafran War" which resulted in almost 2 million deaths....
As a result of the ever approaching proximity to war frontlines between govt and biafran forces, and incessant lawlessness prevailing. In 1968 Racheal, left her restaurant bussiness and cocoa plantation with little baby Walter and three other children at the advice of "Gerry" they moved to Lagos (the then capital city) where Walter was raised,.... during years that followed , racheal worked as a senior Chef/Cook in the Nigerian Army.
Pastor Walter became a Born Again Christian on Nov 3rd 1983. After a miraculous healing from years of chronic asthma and pulmonary disorder from birth.
He attended prestigious pre-school, elementary and Secondary schools all in Lagos, and at his mothers insistence went back to the newly established technology university in Akure "her hometown". (Federal University of Technology majoring in Physics and a minor in Fisheries). After the calling to full time ministry in 1986, Walter decided to change directions of his life by enrolling in ALL NATIONS FOR CHRIST BIBLE INSTITUTE in Benin City where he obtained his diploma in theology under Rev Ron Childs (principal) and Andrew Daniels (Dean) and the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, then went to Faith theological Seminary Sango Ota, under the tutelage of the famed theologian Dr. Olumide Ige, where he obtained his bachelors of theology while he pastored and held evangelistic crusades in many countries from 1988-1996.
In 1996 after travelling the nations of, Africa, Asia, Europe, and south Americas, (under Doulos world outreach ) Walter was led and moved his ministry operations out of Nigeria to Dakar, Senegal where he founded IBPV Institute (first state certified Christian university in Senegal ) and Victory Christian schools of Senegal (pre k - 12th grade) with two campuses in Baobab and Mermoz-Dakar, Senegal, & Cornerstone Ministries International which was incorporated as a 501c3 non profit in Houston Texas in 2002.
Pastor walter was one of the earlier pioneers of website application development in Africa. With the Help of his student & ministry staff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, Laurenz Meyer of Switzerland, IBPV developed an online course grading site for the bible college which was a breakthrough in mid 90s considering a handful had internet connectivity then in west Africa, (mostly dial ups, running on donated windows 3.1 and older versions).
Operating with shoe string budget, IBPV was able to increase Christianity in Senegal and surrounding countries by a considerable proportions, due to several hundred PASTORS AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS TRAINED. It remains today that "a large majority if the Christian leadership of Senegal were once students under by Dr Walter Horner".
In 2000 Walter came to the US and enrolled in Shallom Bible college and Seminary, west des Moines IOWA, under Dr's Bonnie Rice, and Dennis Devicks for his post graduate studies in Ministries, in a four year period (2000-2004) he obtained his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Ministries.
Pastor Walter is also renown for his works as a self taught CEO & software front end developer. With incredible skills in Html5, CSS3, Mobile Frameworks and a host of dynamic platforms.
His Favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope"..
Among his all time mentors are Dr. T.L Osborne, Rev Kenneth E Hagin Sr. on the African Continent were Rev Reinhard Bonnke, Rev Ray Macauley, Dr Benson Idahosa, Prophet T.O Obadare and On the Asia continent , Rev Stephen Tong and Dr Paul Yonggi Cho from South America Dr Carlos Anacondia...
Today, Pastor Walter Horner is the CEO of Cornerstone Online College also senior pastor of Joint Heirs church Arlington Texas. He enjoys praying, swimming, reading the bible, writing codes & watching movies and his favorite food remains rice & beans!