Creating A Safe Environment (C.A.S.E.)
Friday, November 24, 2017


Senior Management Adviser

2003 Master of Divinity, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont CA.
1971 Master of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh , Pa.
1963 B.S. in Education, California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pa.


Rev. Mary Walton has worked in a variety of community-based social service, health/mental health service and faith community settings and has a lifelong commitment to building a culture of peace and wholeness among people.  Currently Rev. Walton is Pastor of Dominguez United Methodist Church in the Carson/Long Beach, CA community.

Rev. Walton serves Interval House as Senior Management & Program Consultant and as Project Director of the Creating A Safe Environment (C.A.S.E.) Partnership.  The C.A.S.E. Partnership is a model family violence prevention and intervention strategy, which has enabled faith communities to partner with DV services for culturally sensitive and congruent anti-violence activities.  Rev. Walton serves as a board of directors member of A Place of Miracles (HIV/AIDS) in Pasadena, and a faith-based community service agency, Living Into The Future Foundation in Long Beach.

Throughout a lengthy career, Mary has notably served as, Project Director of California Black Women’s Health Project; Project Director of Moms & Miracles a perinatal substance abuse project; Founding Executive Director of Interval House, a domestic violence shelter in L.A. & Orange Counties; and Director of Development, CLARE Foundation in Santa Monica, CA.

As an associate with the consulting firm of Richard Heath & Associates, and in collaboration with GTE and PacBell, Ms. Walton trained the staffs of over 125 battered women’s shelters and Legal Services organizations in California.  As a Master Trainer for RHA, Mary assisted with the launching of the California Department of Health Service’s insurance program for children, HEALTHY FAMILIES.

Rev. Walton was commissioned as a Probationary Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2004 and serves both the local church and the Long Beach District of the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In September 2005, Rev. Walton was among 40 domestic violence and sexual assault advocates from throughout the USA, working with the faith and community gathered together in Minneapolis to share strategies, successes, challenges and vision for the future. "A Gathering of Allies" was convened by Faith Trust Institute, a pioneer organization working to education faith leaders and congregations about these issues.




2011, Doctor of Ministry, Fuller theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

2001, Master of Divinity, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA

1997, Bachelor of Science in Religion, University of LaVerne, La Verne, CA




Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church, ordained August 1997.  July 1, 2010, appointed Sr. Pastor, Lynwood United Methodist church, Lynwood, CA.  Before being appointed to Lynwood UMC, served as Associate Minister, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church, Los Angeles, California.  Leadership responsibilities included: Minister to Women’s Ministry, Women’s Bible Study, workshop coordinator, informational/contact person for Domestic Violence victims seeking a safe haven and counseling.  A committed community leader with The Lennox Clergy Council, Board Member for Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches, and Adjunct Professor, University of La Verne, Ecumenical Center For Black Church Studies.

For the past fourteen years, provided leadership as Project Coordinator, for C.A.S.E. (Creating A Safe Environment) the Interfaith project of Interval House Crisis Shelter.  CASE is a prevention and intervention domestic violence program. She is a workshop presenter/trainer for Interval House Crisis Shelters, as well as, for other non-profits working in the field of abuse.  Arnetha’s experience, training, education, and affiliation with community organizations, speaks to her ability to be a positive addition.

 Arnetha has spent a great deal of time working with youth in different capacities; Los Angeles Job Corps, Resident Advise; Claremont’s Youth Discipleship Project, counselor.  Also, while at Claremont I interned at “Crossroads, Inc.” a re-entry home for paroled women.  At St. Anne’s Maternity Home for Pregnant Teens, counseled teen mothers. At Bright Future Group Homes and Bright Future Foster Family Agency, counseled teens facing difficult challenges.   

Arnetha is a positive, prophetic and committed leader, with the ability to integrate faith and social work practice by building bridges between the faith community, and secular communities. 



Thelma worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate with the C.A.S.E. Program from inception, January 2000 to 2006, and after her employment was over, she became a volunteer ad Board member.  Thelma worked in the Aerospace industry for many years, and was a valuable asset to Interval House; working with CASE, The Interfaith Project, and The African American Network for Violence Free Relationships (ANFVR).  She is greatly missed.