Pastoral Search

The Rev. Mike Watson

New Pastor Announced

We are pleased to announce that on October 22nd, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) recommended, and the congregation approved by unanimous vote, Rev. Mike Watson as OPC’s next pastor! The PNC concluded that Rev. Watson possessed the right combination of intelligence, warmth, energy, and preaching ability to make him the perfect fit for our congregation. His official OPC start date is January 1, 2018. Rev. Watson’s first Sunday in the pulpit is expected to be January 7th. Stay tuned for more information, and prepare to give Rev. Watson an enthusiastic OPC welcome!

Meet Mike

Mike grew up nearby in the golf capital of the world, Augusta, Georgia. However, as his golf career was clearly not going anywhere, he soon found his call to ministry while at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He attended seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. After pastoral residencies at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia and Southminster Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Mike was called to University Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the summer of 2012 where he worked with the Christian Education program, youth groups, and college outreach. Mike and his wife Melody were married in March 2016. They enjoy live music, going on adventures, and hosting people in their home. In his spare time, Mike enjoys pickin’ on his guitar and mandolin. Mike is extremely excited about the call to Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church and looks forward to leading and joining the congregation in worship, fellowship, and service soon!

Union Presbyterian Seminary, M.Div. 2011
Presbyterian College, B.A. 2007 (Religion/Philosophy, History)

Work Experience:
Associate Pastor, University Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, LA
August 2012 to present
Pastoral Assistant, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA
May 2011 to June 2012
Seminary Communications Assistant, Richmond, VA
May 2011 to June 2012
Seminary Intern, Broad Street Ministry, Philadelphia, PA
September 2009 to August 2010
Seminary Intern, Arch Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
September 2009 to August 2010
Seminary Intern, Youth Director, Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA
July 2007 to August 2009
Campus Ministry Intern, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
August 2004 to 2005, August 2006 to 2007


Applicant Information
Ministry Information Form (MIF)
Crossings Archive


June 18, 2017

Dear community of disciples at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church,

The Session, in a called conference-call meeting, approved the Ministry Information Form (MIF) completed by the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), and the MIF is now posted on the PC(USA)’s leadership connection site. Pastoral candidates will view the MIF and will either be referred or will refer themselves to the PNC for consideration as OPC’s next pastor.

The writing of the MIF and discerning the church’s identity and call are an important part of the pastoral search process. A church’s particular description of itself and the mission it is called to be a part of offers critical information to pastoral candidates who will be considering whether they are called to journey with a particular church in its next chapter.

As part of the MIF approval, the Session also approved a new mission statement. The statement, written by the PNC based on reflections from the Community Café event and written survey responses is as follows:

The mission of Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church (OPC) is to provide living witness to the love of God and the ministry of Jesus through worship, study, fellowship, and service. Jesus commanded us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39). As children of God, and followers of Christ, we at OPC seek to live out this Great Commandment by:

* Connecting with God, with one another, and with neighbors near and far. OPC’s story is one that belongs to God. We are believers who desire to make the Kingdom of God manifest in this world. We want to become more invitational to those desiring to experience God’s love. We strive to fulfill the promise of our baptism, and to acknowledge and accept diverse expressions of our Christian faith.

* Growing together as a faith community. OPC serves as a source of constant nurture for its members in all stages of life. We strive to strengthen our relationship with God through careful examination and application of God’s word as perfected in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

* Serving others in grateful response to God’s grace and mercy. OPC members are called to live for more than ourselves, to reach out both within and beyond the four walls of our church. Continuing the earthly ministry of Jesus, we use the gifts and resources we have received to love and care for one another, as well as to find new ways to minister to the greater society.

In the coming days, we will also be working on a comprehensive communication plan and will be unveiling a church tagline that matches the mission statement, which will replace the current tagline: The Community is Our Congregation.

Please continue to pray for the PNC and for the pastor whom God has been preparing for OPC.

I am grateful for your ongoing partnership and prayers,


Update from the PNC – June 18, 2017

First of all, the PNC wants once again to thank all of you who participated in our World Cafe last month. It was a great success and we were able to use the information generated to compose and submit our Ministry Information Form (MIF) to our denomination headquarters. The MIF contains information about our congregation and what we are looking for in our next pastor.

The MIF is posted by the denomination headquarters and can be accessed by potential candidates for the position of OPC Pastor. We can expect to begin receiving Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) from potential candidates in the coming weeks. We will carefully review the information in each PIF to determine who will be eligible for interview.

Thank you once again for your patience and continued prayers for us as we seek to discern God’s plan for OPC going forward and as we strive to find the best person to lead this congregation and to live into God with us.


Committee Roster

Steve Allison, Jennifer Kim, Marianne Martin, Jeff Morris, Elizabeth Parks, Eleanor Timmons