Report from the Pastor Nominating Committee
In September of 2017, You, the Congregation of Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, placed your faith in the 7 of us, by electing us to seek out a new Senior Pastor for our Church. You have supported us with trust, participation in the Mission Study, and finally, with your supportive thoughts and prayers. It’s been a lot of work, but we could not be more pleased, nor honored to unanimously recommend to You, the Call of Reverend Robert M. Watkins, as our new Senior Pastor. Some of you will remember that Rob served Mallard Creek as Associate Pastor from 1998 to 2002.
Let us assure you that this process involved the evaluation of many potential candidates, before God led your PNC to Rob. Our previous Interim Pastor, Dr. Coker, reassured the Congregation and PNC on a number occasions, that “God has already selected your next Senior Pastor – all you need to do is pray and search for that person”. In many ways, as you will find out in the coming months, this is God’s answer to both your prayers, our prayers, and Rob’s prayers.
The PNC thanks you for the pleasure of serving you. It was a rewarding and uplifting journey. The Lord be with you, always.
Nina Brown, Lynn Davidson: Secretary, James DeArmon: Vice Chair, Jamie Garrison, Darrell Thomas, Wendy White, Bill Wood: Chair.
Reverend Watkins first day at MCPC is Monday, August 27th. His first Sunday leading worship here will be Sunday, September 2nd
Now let us allow Reverend Watkins introduce himself in his own words:
Robert M Watkins is the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Sacramento. He has served in this position since January 2016. Before that, Rob served as a Pastor and Associate Pastor for 25 years. His ministry began as Pastor in Ludlow, Kentucky at First Presbyterian Church, then as an Associate Pastor in North Carolina, serving First Presbyterian-Gastonia and then here at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, and then as Pastor in Augusta, Georgia at the Covenant Presbyterian Church.
The irony of returning to a church previously served is not lost on Rob. Many years have passed and many faces are new or gone, but when Rob was here before, Mallard Creek passed through a major transition and, now, in a completely different way, it is again passing through a transition. He believes he has a skill set, vision, and call to see this congregation through to its next step in the continuing journey to serve Jesus Christ in an ever-changing, sometimes disconcerting, world.
Rob was born in Virginia, but grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. His dad is also a Presbyterian pastor, while his mom is a retired public librarian. They now live in Harrisonburg VA at a Presbyterian retirement home. Rob attended Davidson College (class of 1986) and Union Seminary in Richmond, VA (class of 1990). Rob is married to the Rev. Alison Messick-Watkins, currently serving as a Supply Pastor in Folsom, CA and as chaplain at University Retirement Community in Davis, CA. She has also served as a Pastoral Counselor, with a 20 year practice in North Carolina and Georgia. They have two children—Perry (26), teaching in Panama, and Chelsea (24), serving as Assistant Director of Camp Grier (a PC(USA) camp in Western North Carolina). They also have one dog, Hazel (4).