Rev. Paul B. Watson (April 22, 1964 – January 17, 2020)
I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God then dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Rev. Paul B. Watson was a native of Bethlehem, the youngest of nine children of the late Rev. William B. Watson, Sr., and the late Elysce M. Watson.
Rev. Watson was the husband to Noemi, and the father of two children, Marcus and Janelle. He has two granddaughters Madison Marie and Kallie Lou. His family continued to support him as he carried out his ministry and his studies.
Rev. Watson graduated from Freedom High School in 1983. He was called “to carry the Word” in April 2005. Rev. Watson served at St. John A.M.E. Zion Church under his father’s tutelage as a local preacher until his father’s passing in 2008. He then transferred his membership to Harris A.M.E. Zion Church under the direction of Rev. Donald E. Brantley Sr. While serving as Associate Pastor at Harris A.M.E. Zion Church in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, for two years, the Mayor Linda D. Thompson declared Sunday, November 28, 2010, be Rev. Paul B. Watson Appreciation Day.
Rev. Watson was ordained May 2009, at the annual conference by the 91st Bishop Warren M. Brown, Presiding Prelate, of the Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference. He was given an appointment and the authority to start New Christian Harvest A.M.E. Zion Church by Bishop Warren M. Brown at the Williamsburg, Virginia, Marriott, on October 2, 2010. He served as Pastor of New Christian Harvest Church located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
In 2010 the “NAACP” recognized Rev. Watson for his advocacy for young men in the community.
Rev. Watson began New Christian Harvest AME Zion Church in the sunroom of his house, holding the first service on December 5, 2010. As the congregation grew, the services were held in his garage. In June of 2011 the congregation moved to the Ramada Inn in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
In April 2012, New Christian Harvest AME Zion Church withdrew from the conference and became a nondenominational church named New Christian Harvest Church. Rev. Watson received a certificate of ordination from Grace Bible Institute and School of Theology on May 26, 2012, and he was ordained the same day by Rev. Donald E. Brantley, Sr., of New Anointed Christian Fellowship Ministries at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Rev. Watson received a second ordination at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 2012, by the Rev. Dr. James D. Jackson.
In September 2016, the New Christian Harvest Church moved to 41 South Carlisle Street, Allentown Pennsylvania, where they presently reside.
Rev. Watson was the chaplain for the Lehigh Valley Storm Football Team for 3 years and Bethel Lodge No. 1284 I.B.P.O.E. of W. (Order of the Elks of the World).
Rev. Watson completed his B.A. in biblical studies at (LHBI) Liberty Home Bible Institution of the Liberty University of Virginia.
In the summer of 2017, he launched a program called “Fishers of Men” for inner-city youth ages 12 to 16.
Rev. Watson was employed full-time at Federal Express (FedEx) for 26 years.
On August 1, 2018, The Faith Works House #2 located in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, a transition home for homeless veterans, is a ministry in association with the Bethlehem Salvation Army was named The Rev. Paul B. Watson House as it endeavors to follow Pastor Paul’s example of making our calling and election sure.
Like his father before him, Pastor Watson remained faithful to the call on his life to serve others through teaching, guiding, and mentoring all God’s children for the cause of Christ. Rev. Watson’s dedication to the Lord was observed in his work for Christ, his involvement in the community, his years at his job, and his love for his family.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Receive in your heart and in your spirit these words for time is moving very quickly. God has revealed to me that there is a greater purpose in our lives than we have yet discovered. It is my purpose that many ministries be open to you. Even now you are facing a decision that must be made. God’s spirit is at work instilling in you and me a new, greater understanding in the way He is directing us. There are many things that we need to know but this can only come through our careful, consistent and persistent communication with God. It is time for us to set new goals in our lives and in the life of the church. We cannot be happy with life unchanged. The new goals God is helping us to establish here at New Christian Harvest Church will help us to remove apathy as we become free of the feeling of not being good enough. This in turn releases and regenerates power into our spirits. The power to speak blessings into one another’s lives is in all of us. We must discover the way to use this power as we daily seek God in prayer. Understanding the gifts we all have will come forth and the evidence of this will become apparent to all those around us. Due to God’s spirit working in us a new boldness is being birthed even now as we are obedient to God’s instructions and His spirit. He will create in us awareness of which steps to take and which steps not to take concerning the plans He has for us. His words are clear and they encouraged me to share these words with you this New Year.
My brothers and sisters in Christ I have much joy for you as you remain faithful in your seed sowing into God’s kingdom. Surely you shall be blessed. Be not weary in well doing for you shall have your promised reward. I say unto you meditate on these things I have said for you shall see them with your own eyes.
Rev. Paul B. Watson
Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)
The Day of the LORD
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.