OUR PASTOR

Dr. Walter Malone Jr. is Pastor/Founder of the Canaan Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Under his leadership the Canaan Christian Church serves as a model of ministry with a commitment to promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelistic outreach, family enrichment, economic empowerment, educational excellence, and community development.  


Dr. Malone is a native of Nashville, Tennessee where he attended Fisk University and later American Baptist College from which he earned a B. A. in Theology. He holds a Master's degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and a Doctorate of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of four books, An Operative Faith for an Oppressed People, From Holy Power to Holy Profits, Let's Have Church and The Freedom To Be: An Journey Into Spiritual Formation.  


Recognized and respected around the country as a noted preacher, teacher, and lecturer Dr. Malone has traveled extensively throughout the nation sharing the Word of God and blessing the lives of people. Dr. Malone resides in Louisville with his wife Sandra, Minister of Counseling at Canaan. They have one son Walter Malone III, Ed.D., who serves at Canaan as Church Administrator.

OUR FIRST LADY

First Lady Sandra F. Malone is a woman after God’s own heart who serves alongside her husband, Dr. Walter Malone, Jr. in shepherding the Canaan Christian Church. She serves as the Director of Christian Counseling and helps provide leadership to the Women of Promise ministry. Her commitment and love for the people of Canaan is undeniable and her earnest desire is to trust God completely while encouraging others to do the same. 


Sandra is most noted for her gentle nature and compassionate heart. Although she prefers the background, God has called her to the forefront as a model and mentor who stands boldly declaring God’s goodness in her life.


A native of Lewisburg, Tennessee, Sandra is the fourth child of five born to the late Mildred and Thomas Fisher, Jr. She learned to trust God from an early age as she faced severe health challenges and spent endless days in hospitals. Sandra had to rely on God and the kindness of nurses to get her through lonely days and nights away from her family. Out of her own experiences, God has birthed in her a passion to nurture hurting and chronically ill children who find themselves in similar situations. 


  It is with the same sense of passion and calling that Sandra has devoted her life to the ministry of Canaan. While working as a full-time Christian Counselor, Sandra pursued a Bachelor of Christian Education with a concentration in Christian Counseling from Boyce Bible College in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2012 she completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Campbellsville University. Sandra and Pastor Malone have one son, Dr. Walter Malone, III, who now serves as Church Administrator for Canaan.