Kevin M. Watson

Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
Kevin M. Watson
Phone: 404.727.4194
    • PhD, Southern Methodist University, 2012
    • MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary, 2005
    • BA, University of Oklahoma, 2002

    Kevin Watson is on leave for the 17-18 academic year.

    Before joining the Candler faculty in 2014, The Rev. Dr. Kevin M. Watson taught at Seattle Pacific University and Perkins School of Theology.

    His research interests focus on Christian formation and discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective, particularly communal formation, Wesleyan/Methodist Christianity, the history of early Methodism, American Methodism, common misunderstandings of the Wesleyan tradition, and current events in The United Methodist Church. In addition to writing articles for both scholarly and popular publications, Watson is the author of three books, including Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014). He is currently working on a history of the development and fragmentation of American Methodism as a theological tradition.

    Watson is an ordained elder in Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the Wesleyan Theological Society.

    Selected publications

    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication

    Review of The Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism, in The Pneuma ReviewPneuma Foundation2015

    Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice Oxford University Press2014

    The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience Seedbed2014

    "In the Shadows of Segregation: The Integration of Perkins School of Theology in the Civil Rights Era," in Methodist History, vol. LI, no. 3 General Commission on Archives and History, The United Methodist Church2013

    Review of From Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation, in The Pneuma ReviewPneuma Foundation2013

    "Small Groups: Bearing One Another's Burdens," in Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for The United Methodist ChurchAbingdon Press2011

    "Forerunners of the Early Methodist Band Meeting," in Methodist Review, vol. 2 The Methodist Review, Inc.2010

    A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley's General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living Discipleship Resources2009

    "The Form and Power of Godliness: Wesleyan Communal Discipline as Voluntary Suffering," in Wesleyan Theological Journal, vol. 43, no. 1 Wesleyan Theological Society2008

    Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley's Sermons for Today Discipleship Resources2007

    Selected awards

    "On Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award," Candler School of Theology, 2016-2017.

    Teaching and Research Grant, Candler School of Theology, 2015-2016.

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, October 4, 2016

    "The Wesleyan Band Meeting" - Seedbed, January 26, 2016

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, October 6, 2015

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, February 10, 2015

    Selected courses

    History of Methodism

    The Method of Early Methodism: Community, Discipleship, and Holiness

    Holiness Movement and American Methodism

    Reconciliation and Wesleyan Communal Formation