Tennessee pastor to lead Covenant Convocation


Dr. David Lowes Watson will be the featured speaker Oct. 15-16 at the 2007 Covenant Convocation held in Jackson. 

The event, sponsored by the Center for Ministry, will be held at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson. 

Watson, a retired elder in the Tennessee Conference, will speak on “Grace as Blessing and Discipline.” This is the second in a four-year series on living in covenant with God and one another. The convocation offers elders, deacons and local pastors an opportunity to probe more deeply their call to live a life of grace and offer grace-filled ministry. 

Lowes is the former executive secretary for covenant discipleship and Christian formation at the General Board of Discipleship and currently serves as interim pastor at West End UMC in Nashville.  

A native of England, he was educated at Oxford University (M.A.), Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (M.Div.) and Duke University (Ph.D.). He pastored congregations in the Illinois Great Rivers and North Carolina conferences. He taught at Southern Methodist University as the McCreless professor of evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, and at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. as professor of theology and congregational life and mission. For the last seven years of his active ministry he served as director of the Office of Pastoral Formation for the Nashville Area of The United Methodist Church.  

He has written extensively in the fields of Methodist history and theology, evangelism, and congregational life and mission. He has also written curriculum resources for The United Methodist Church, including the New Testament studies in Troublesome Bible Passages.