EXECUTIVE PASTOR since 2017 and our former student pastor from 2014-2017, Stephen oversees our church ministries. He is our small groups guru, the keeper of the calendar, and provides leadership to our leaders. If you want to know what’s happening at First Marion, Stephen is your guy! Stephen also oversees the administration of our facilities and technology. Stephen is also an adjunct professor with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention seminary extension program. Stephen is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a music education degree and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity. He is currently finishing a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Danielle, is a dietitian at LeBonheur Children’s hospital and teaches a high school girls’ Life Group. The Watsons have three daughters – Hallie, Harper, and Hope.  With a passion for teaching and equipping believers to be disciples, Stephen has served churches in New Orleans, Kansas City, Texas and now the Memphis area as he searches the world for great BBQ! In his extra time, you can find Stephen enjoying and providing armchair play-by-play commentary and game management advice for whatever sport is in season.