Celebrate Gary Watkins!

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Gary Watkins

Transitional Lead Pastor & Head of Staff

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Phone: 949.574.2225

Email: garyw@sapres.org


Gary and Susan Watkins have been married 41 years. Susan is retired, having served 30 years as a paralegal with firms specializing in personal injury, construction defense, and business litigation for fortune 500 companies. Susan continues as a writer for LA Travel Magazine. Their son, Grayson, is a merchant Marine officer and is married to Vanessa, a neuroscientist and instructor at Stanford. Their daughter, Janna, is mother to their 10-month-old granddaughter, Ember. She and her husband Stephen live in Burbank where Janna works in television production and Stephen manages entertainers.

Gary is currently completing his two-year term as Moderator of the Presbytery of Southern California. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, he began his pastoral ministry at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana as an Assistant Pastor to the Board of Deacons and College Ministry. Later being called as an Associate Pastor at Trinity, he was given responsibility for church growth, membership evangelism, and small groups while continuing as pastoral support to the Board of Deacons. In 1987, he was called as Head of Staff for Christ Pacific Church where he served for 30 years, retiring in December 2017. Gary and Susan see their ministry at CPC as a holy privilege where they were able to share life with the congregation and serve Jesus Christ with them. Gary and Susan have traveled internationally to teach the healing and grace of God’s Spirit through prayer to people.

Gary says, “My passion is for people to experience the goodness, wonder, love and joy of Jesus Christ!” Recovering from a number of orthopedic surgeries, Gary is looking forward to getting back to scuba diving and downhill skiing. He also likes to drive fast cars on the race track from time to time. Together, Susan and Gary love cooking, entertaining, and travel where they can experience new cultures and the beauty of God’s creation.

Gary and Susan say, “We are excited to join the family at St. Andrew’s, a congregation that is so loved by Jesus Christ, and are looking forward to a wonderful season together!”