With the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Candler School of Theology welcomes Kevin M. Watson, who joins the faculty as assistant professor of Wesleyan and Methodist studies. This fall, Watson teaches History of United Methodism and serves as faculty advisor to a group of first-year MDiv students.

An ordained elder in the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church, Watson comes to Candler after three years as assistant professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies at Seattle Pacific University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Wesley Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University.

From 2005 to 2008, Watson was the pastor of Lamont United Methodist Church in Lamont, Oklahoma. His experiences as both pastor and professor enrich his teaching, and inform his primary research on the history of Wesleyan approaches to communal Christian formation – a topic that Watson believes is deeply significant for Christians today.

“I feel called to pastor seminary students who are preparing to become pastors,” he says. “I am passionate about both theological education and the local church. These passions are combined in my belief that many of the key insights of the first Methodists are of enduring relevance for contemporary Christianity.”

Watson is the author of A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living (Discipleship Resources, 2009), The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (And Essential) Small Group Experience (Seedbed, 2013), and Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014).