By Chinta Strausberg
Acclaimed musician Pierre Walker married Louise Kenerson Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Saint Sabina Church in a symbolic ceremony that paid homage to the memories of their parents that included Rev. Clay Evans and their current pastor, Father Michael L. Pfleger.
Pictures of Walkerâ€™s late parents were visible by the altar as was a photo of Kendersonâ€™s mother. The couple wanted their presence at their wedding.
After the ceremony, Walker said, â€œIâ€™m tired, worn out but happy. I married the woman that God ordained for me, for real.â€
Asked when did he meet his new bride, Walker said it was in 1999 at the Antioch Baptist Church. â€œThat was her home church, and one of our friends introduced me to her and then she said â€˜hiâ€™ and went on about her business.
Referring to the minister who married them at Saint Sabina Church where Walker is a member, he said Rev. Herman Washington was one of his fatherâ€™s sonâ€™s in the ministry.
Walkerâ€™s father was the acclaimed Rev. Dr. Charles Walker, a pastor, musician, composer, professor and author, who passed Sunday, August 21, 2011, in Philadelphia. He was related to the internationally known Mahalia Jackson and was a key musician at Rev. Dr. Clay Evansâ€™ Fellowship M.B. Church in Chicago.
Walkerâ€™s wedding was symbolic of his past and his parents both of whom have passed as well as his wifeâ€™s mother. Rev. Washington represented his father and Rev. Evans, who gave the â€œAncestral prayerâ€ at Walkerâ€™s wedding, was symbolic of Walkerâ€™s â€œdadâ€™s father in the ministry,â€ and to include the new chapter in his life, Walker said, â€œWe got Father Pfleger who is our pastor now.â€
Walkerâ€™s father was a musician who began playing when he was 9-years-old and Walker, a recording artist, has played the piano/organ since he was 11.
In honoring his late parents, Walkerâ€™s wedding showcased the legacies of two ministers who worked closely with his beloved father and the inclusion of Father Pfleger who is now the couplesâ€™ pastor. â€œIt made sense,â€ said Walker. â€œThereâ€™s a lineage involved,â€ he said.
Saint Sabinaâ€™s Minister of Youth, Cinque Cullar, who is a minister, educator, artist, producer, director and CEO, sang followed by praise dancer Olivia Jones who paved the way of the bride, Louise M. Kenerson, to walk down the aisle.
As part of their ceremony, the couple included large pictures of their late parents, Rev. Dr. Charles and Sylvia Walker and his new bridgeâ€™s mother, Future Mae Kenerson, erected by the altar. Out of deep love and respect, they held a moment of silence for them.
Asked what was he thinking just before Rev. Washington promised them man and wife, Walker said, â€œI was hoping that Vince (Clark, Pastor Pflegerâ€™s special assistant) would turn on the song that we had planned, â€œI Got a Feelingâ€ by Black Eye Peas. â€œ
Referring to Father Pflegerâ€™s all-night service of 2011, Walker said he closed out that service with the song, â€œI Got a Feeling.â€Â â€œWe decided it was symbolic for me because I knew I was going to get engaged that year,â€ said Walker. â€œThatâ€™s the sticking point of the song. We decided to walk out on the song. Itâ€™s a happy song, and weâ€™ve been happy.â€
Asked when did he get engaged to his bridge, Walker said he proposed to his wife on July 1, 2011 in the choir. â€œI got down on one knee, and I asked her to marry me and she said yes, and then I said, and can you help me get up off this floor because my knees are killing me.â€
Father Pfleger gave the final blessing to Mr. and Mrs. Pierre and Louise Walker. The couple left the church in a white limousine.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.