Meet the Staff

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The Reverend David Watson

Pastor & Head of Staff

Rev. David Watson began serving as the Pastor of Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church on August 1st, 2018.

Before joining the MRPC Family, David worked for Baptist Community Ministries and served as Chaplain for the New Orleans Police Department from 2016-2018. David served the members and families of the N.O.P.D. as well as the citizens of New Orleans. While there, David earned his Board Certification in Chaplaincy, becoming a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2009) and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2015). After completing his degree from Austin Seminary, David completed a Chaplain Residency Program with Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. During that program, David served as the Trauma Chaplain at Dell Children’s Medical Center and the ICU Chaplain at Seton Medical Center in Austin.

David is married to the Reverend Sarah Chancellor-Watson, who serves as the Associate Pastor for Mission and Outreach at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. David and Sarah have a dog named Buster, who fills up half of the pictures on David’s phone. David has a passion for cooking and golf, and is beyond excited to join the family at MRPC!