The Rev. Pat Watson was officially confirmed as the executive pastor of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries at an Elevation Celebration in early December at the church.
Pastor Debra Morton of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church was the main speaker.
Pat Watson has been assisting her husband in full-time ministry since 1995. She serves as the executive director of the Family Center of Hope, the 501c3 arm of the ministry. She also oversees the operation of the Child Development Center and manages the day-to-day operations of the church.
In elevating Rev. Pat, Pastor Tom Watson says, “Ecclesiastes 3:1 declares ‘To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.’ This is that purposeful season for recognizing the diligence, commitment, and great leadership Pat demonstrates in the church and community.”
Rev. Pat’s list of successful community endeavors is long, but a few of the recent highlights include spearheading the writing and development of The Community Plan: An Inoculation of Hope, Faith and Future to Reduce Rage and Black-on-Black Homicides, which documents the voices of 70 concerned and well-informed citizens who offered practical solutions to the crime problem plaguing this city. Rev. Pat also recently concluded a multi-week community initiative titled Helping Mothers Heal which was specifically aimed at spiritually and psychologically aiding women who have lost their sons to violence.
She also started Project Restore where young clients who interface with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems are provided with opportunities to confront and address the issues leading to criminal behavior.
She is a native New Orleanian. Educated in New Orleans Public Schools, she received a B.A. degree in sociology/psychology from Dillard University in 1979 and masters of social work degree from Tulane University School of Social Work in 1984. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.