Walt was born in 1938 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  He was raised in the Presbyterian church and was converted to Christ as a teenager.  He graduated from Dickinson College in 1960 with a B.A. in History, and went on to receive a B.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1963.  That same year he was called to be pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he served his Lord for the next 39 years.  He subsequently served as editor of Banner Of Truth Magazine.  He and his wife, Joie, have three children and 10 grandchildren.  They now reside in Waukesha, Wisconsin.