Athol Walter was born in November 1932 at Albany, Western Australia, of Salvationist parents. He was educated at Bunbury High School and, in 1954, entered The Salvation Army Training College for Officers in Melbourne, Victoria. In 1957 he married Eveline Palstra, who was also a Salvation Army Officer. Their ministry was mostly in country towns of Victoria. In January 1967 they resigned their ministry in The Salvation Army and moved to New South Wales to be part of the dispensational group in Sydney. After the death of the group’s leader, George Collier, Athol was invited to become the leader. In subsequent years, the group became the Berean Bible Fellowship of Australia. He is the current President of the BBFA.