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Women's Conference: Leadership

Keynote Speaker,
The Reverend Dr. Joan H. Watson

Joan’s deep commitment to ministry began as a young person growing up in the Presbyterian Church, and over the years it has found many forms of expression. She embraces the rich tradition of Reformed faith and has particular interest in worship, preaching and Christian formation.
“I believe we are created for God and find our completion and purpose only in God,” Joan says. “As a pastor I am called to proclaim the good news of this Gospel in its saving, healing, and transforming power through Jesus Christ. And I do so gladly.”
Joan is a native of North Carolina who spent her early years in Virginia and Tennessee before moving to Texas. She holds degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry); Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity); Union Presbyterian Seminary/Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Master of Arts in Christian Education); and the University of North Texas (Bachelor of Science in Education: English and History). Joan’s doctoral paper, “Real Presence and the Cure of Souls,” contained research on Worship, Sacraments and Christian formation practices as foundation for personal wholeness, faithful discipleship and Christian care.
Over a 20-year period, Joan served several Texas churches, primarily as a Christian educator, but also doing pastoral care, worship leadership and preaching. She was called to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, in July 2003 where she serves as Associate Minister for Pastoral Care and Discipleship (and before served as Associate Minister for Christian Education and Spiritual Formation).
Joan is married to David Watson and they have two young-adult children. Her avocations include writing and photography, reading and travel, meeting new people and learning new things, designing rooms and gardens, and always good conversations with lots of laughter!

Worship Leader, The Rev. Ashley Hood

Music Leader, Kathlene Ritch

Designer, Deda Garlitz

Chaplain, The Rev. Denise Odom

Director, Rita Odom

Co-Director, Liz Anzaldua

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