Bishop Martin K. Watson & Pastor Gail Watson
Bishop Martin K. Watson is the Senior Pastor of the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church (The Rose) in South Jamaica, New York. Bishop Watson has been married for 32 years to his wife and partner in ministry, Rose of Sharon’s Leading Lady and Executive Pastor, Gail Watson. The Watson's have been blessed with three children Malika, Isaiah and Christian all of whom serve in the ministry with them.
A powerful and anointed messenger of Christ, Bishop Watson is notorious for his visual, creative and simplistic sermons; while offering listeners the Joshua 24:15 challenge that he embraces as his standard for living, “choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Because he is a true worshipper, he and the worship team ensure a worship experience at each Rose service.
Bishop Watson has faithfully pastored The Rose for over 15 years. He and the Rose family have seen and continue to experience spiritual and physical growth and expansion. Bishop Watson implemented a building project which resulted in the Church moving from a small one-story building to a handicapped accessible, multi-level edifice, fully equipped to provide spiritual development and community services.
Bishop Watson believes in God’s power to "CHANGE"! He consistently and purposefully goes after the king that resides in each male; encouraging them through monthly men's meetings, prayer gatherings and men's services, that there is nothing too hard for GOD. Bishop Watson embodies the words of the psalmist – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” Psalm 37:23.
Pastor Gail Watson is married to the love of her life, Bishop Martin K. Watson, Senior Pastor of the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church. Pastor Gail considers her marriage and her children her two greatest ministries; while she embraces fervently the role of teacher, mentor and “Leading Lady” at the Rose. Anointed to counsel and motivate, Pastor Gail is a spiritual mid-wife to many; pushing, nurturing and compassionately challenging God’s precious daughters to realize, honor and walk in the God-given gift that resides in each of us. She is uncompromising in the Word of God and relentless in her faith in God. “God is faithful” is her stance!
Pastor Gail is the founder of what she deems her baby, LADIES EMPOWERING TIME (L.E.T.); a women’s fellowship that is designed to empower, strengthen and prepare females of every age, for a successful and enjoyable Christian journey, fulfilling their destiny and purpose. L.E.T. meets twice per year and countless lives have been changed and won to Christ.
Malika J. Watson, daughter of Bishop Martin and Pastor Gail Watson is an example of God’s dynamic ability to use a willing heart. Her life is proof that God is faithful to the faithful.
Malika received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, from St. John’s University, and her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College in August, 2013.
Although Malika’s first passion is worship through dance, she has a heart for the Church, the entire body of Christ. It is her desire to prove that there exists, in this generation, individuals who are authentic and have a genuine passion for life, especially the life that exists outside of their own.
In 2013 Malika Launched a non for profit called I Made a Choice-Making Purity Popular. Her desire to see women of all ages live a life of purity and follow their passion has motivated her to create a movement that will impact the nation and the world. Life is full of choices, purity and enjoying life is hers.
Malika’s mission is to exude compassion to those who have experienced none, while building a bridge between generations; she strives to make purity popular, servant-hood attractive and the need for faith obvious.