Rev. Julius Walls, Jr. is a dedicated ordained minister, devoted husband, and dutiful father and is known for his preaching, teaching, and speaking. Rev. Walls is the pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, a historical church in Yonkers, NY. Rev. Walls is also the President of Greater Centennial Community Development Corp., which engages in real estate development and management (housing/homeownership), youth programming, and financial empowerment.
Rev. Walls has worked in business, academia, and ministry. He has served as Chief of Staff of Greater Centennial Church, a 6000 member church; CEO of Greyston Bakery, a $7 million social enterprise; Vice President of Operations for Cocoline Chocolate, a $23 million chocolate manufacturing company; and as an adjunct professor at the business graduate schools at New York University and Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He serves on several local and national non-profit and government boards and has co-authored MISSION, INC., The Practitioners Guide to Social Enterprise, 2008. Additionally, he has developed life skills programs, affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities, and performed strategic planning that have lifted individuals, families and organizations higher.
In his various roles he has met with Presidents (Clinton and Obama), spoken at multiple universities including several Ivy League, served and serves on corporate, non-profit, and government boards as chair and member at-large. Rev. Walls has built businesses and consulted for others, coached executives, mentored students, and inspired thousands of people to be the best they can be.
In his role as the president of GCCDC, Walls oversees the strategic and operational direction the 501(c)3, non-profit organization located in the city of Mt. Vernon. The GCCDC was formed in affiliation with Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church to work with underserved individuals and families who reside in Mt. Vernon to assist them achieve economic stability and self-reliance.
Core ingredients in Walls' life and his career are his spiritual practice, family, and service, which seeds were sown by his parents in his native Brooklyn, NY. Rev. Walls has been married to his college sweetheart for over 25 years. They have three children. He encourages people to actively engage their whole self in all aspects of their life, including their cultural and spiritual selves. His seminal sermon, “Are You Christian on Monday?” challenges everyone, Christians and Non-Christians, to carry their values into their everyday lives. His manner of being has motivated employees to be their most productive at work as well as supported their personal growth.
Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York, Rev. Walls attended high school and college seminary before deciding to pursue a career in business. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Concordia College.