The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. David Watson will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
“David Watson is one of the leading biblical theologians in The United Methodist Church,” said Dr. William Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. “More importantly he has a deep appreciation of the critical intersection between the church and the academy. Whether it’s writing an essay for his website, preparing a podcast, or preparing a scholarly work, David always has the whole church in mind. People who hear him speak are always challenged to think deeply and live boldly in the Holy Spirit.”
Watson’s address, “Unashamed of the Scriptures,” is part of the Gathering’s “Unashamed!” theme. The event is expected to attract thousands of United Methodists across the connection.
A scholar and administrator at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Watson serves as the seminary’s Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and also as Associate Professor of New Testament.
An Elder in the West Ohio Annual Conference, Watson is widely known for an array of books, essays and podcasts. In addition to his latest book, Scripture and the Life of God, he has authored, co-authored, and served as editor of the following: Honor Among Christians, Key United Methodists Beliefs (with William Abraham), and Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading the Bible as Scripture.
Watson’s essays on his webpage, “Musings and Whatnots,” run from missions to faith and politics. He has also repeatedly sparked thoughtful conversations about the future of the UM Church and the “next Methodism.” This year, with friends Maggie Ulmer and Scott Kisker, Watson launched Plain Truth: A Holy Spirited Podcast, where the trio interview guests and discuss “all things Christian… and things related to the Wesleyan, Methodist, and Evangelical United Brethren world.”
A graduate of Texas Tech University, Watson then received his Masters of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, and his Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in New Testament studies.
“David is one of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s founding members,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the WCA. “His wisdom, faithfulness, and love for the church always shine through the contributions he has made to our movement. We’re very thankful for his membership on the council, and I am delighted United Methodists all across our connection will have the opportunity to hear his presentation about Scripture at our Global Gathering.”
Dr. Watson is married to Harriet, and they have two sons, Luke and Sean. They all live in Dayton, Ohio area.