Candler School of Theology recently announced that I have been promoted to associate professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies. I was also granted tenure.

Here is the announcement.

I want to say thank you to the many friends, family, and colleagues who have generously invested their time, energy, and resources in me. I eagerly await the day I can say thank you in person.

In 2006, the Lord called me to work for the renewal of the church by pastoring seminary students who are preparing to become pastors. When I first heard that calling, I was certain it could only happen if God opened the doors for me that needed to be opened. Some of those doors have been hard to walk through.

But the One who called me has been faithful every step of the way.

Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (Ephesians 3:14-21) has been special to my family. The end of this prayer is the best way I can express my gratitude to God:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Kevin M. Watson is a professor at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He teaches, writes, and preaches to empower community, discipleship, and stewardship of our heritage. Click here to get future posts emailed to you.