Since April of 2004, Woods has served on the staff at First West. He leads the church’s Senior Adult and Pastoral Care Ministries. He is grateful to partner with the church family in ministry to make sure no one misses the grace of God.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Watson received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also studied at the Torchbearer Bible schools in England (Capernwray) and Sweden (Holsby Brunn).
He and Anita have six children. Dr. Watson has served for 39 years in local church ministry including as an inner city missionary, as a church planter for three churches and 15 years as a senior pastor. In his spare time, he teaches at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Extension in Monroe, and volunteers with the Northeast Louisiana Reentry Coalition, the Freed Men Ministry and the Media Ministries radio ministry. He also likes running, reading/ writing, and helping Anita at Northeast Baptist School, where she is principal.