Bishop Mike Watson is Episcopal leader of the North Georgia Area of the United Methodist Church. In 1972, he was ordained deacon by Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson; and in 1976, he was ordained elder by Bishop Carl J. Sanders. Bishop Watson previously served as pastor in Florida, as well as a founding pastor of Covenant United Methodist Church in his hometown of Dothan, Ala. From 1990-2000, he served as the pastor, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile, Ala. He was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2000 and served as Bishop in the South Georgia area from 2000-2008.
He received the Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Alabama; the Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Vanderbilt University.