Bishop B. Michael Watson is the resident bishop of the North Georgia Episcopal Area where he has served since 2008. He was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2000 and was assigned to the South Georgia Area where he served until 2008.
He was born into an active Methodist family in Dothan, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate from The University of Alabama, a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Vanderbilt University. In 1972, he was ordained deacon by Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson, and in 1976, he was ordained elder by Bishop Carl J. Sanders.
As a member of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference, he served Aldersgate UMC in Molino, Florida, Christ UMC in Milton, Florida, Covenant UMC (founding pastor) in Dothan, Alabama, and Dauphin Way UMC in Mobile, Alabama. He received the Denman Evangelism Award in 1990.
Bishop Watson is currently the president of World Methodist Evangelism, chair of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, and on the Steering Committee of the World Methodist Council. He is the secretary of the Council of Bishops Leadership Team on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. He is a past president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops and is the immediate past chairperson of the Board of Directors of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. He also served as vice-chairperson of the General Commission on United Methodist Men.
Bishop Watson is married to the former Margaret Lee and has two children, Ben Watson and Elizabeth Watson Riddle. He is also the proud grandfather of Alex and Andrew Watson, and Camilla, Watson and Emmaline Riddle.
Paul W. Chilcote is Academic Dean, Professor of Historical Theology & Wesleyan Studies, and Director of United Methodist Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. He has been involved in theological education on three continents, serving as a missionary with his wife Janet in Kenya, and as a founding faculty member of Africa University in Zimbabwe. He has taught as well at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Duke Divinity School, and helped to launch the Dunnam Campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Florida.
He is the author of twenty books, including The Works of John Wesley, vol. 13; John & Charles Wesley; Making Disciples in a World Parish; Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit; Early Methodist Spirituality; The Study of Evangelism, and Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision.
He is past President of The Charles Wesley Society and the Academy for Evangelism, and enjoys a special relationship with Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon as a Benedictine Oblate. Dr. Chilcote is a frequent speaker and workshop leader in applied Wesleyan studies, particularly in the areas of spirituality, worship, discipleship, and evangelism.
Janet is an ordained Elder of the Florida Conference. They have five daughters and four grandchildren.