Walt Chantry 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 the Lord for the next 39 years.
Soon after his retirement in 2002 he was asked to be the editor of The Banner of Truth magazine and continued in this ministry for seven years. Walt and his wife Joie now reside in Waukesha, Wisconsin.