Minister Christian S. Watkins is currently a third-year Master of Divinity candidate at Southern Methodist
University’s Perkins School of Theology, serving as chair of the Justice In Action committee – an executive
branch of the Perkins Student Association, as well as Secretary for the Black Seminarians Association. He is an
advocate and active participant of student life and recruitment. He also is an Southern Methodist University
Residential Life and Student Housing Fraternity House Director for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
Originally from sunny South Dallas, Texas, Christian is a proud alum of St. Philip’s Episcopal and St. Anthony’s
Catholic schools. He was born and baptized into the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, and from the
age of fifteen, raised United Methodist under the esteemed pastorage of the Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. and
others at St. Luke “Community” UMC in East Dallas. After graduating from Jesuit College Preparatory in 2001,
he left The Great State to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University
New Orleans in 2005. While at Loyola, he was engaged with the Student Government Association as College of
Business President, and with its Executive Board spearheading community outreach and other initiatives.
Additionally, as a member of the Louisiana Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, he served Loyola’s
Greek community as Interfraternity Council Chaplain and Vice President of Recruitment. Upon graduation, he
served as an Admissions Counselor for two years.
After flailing aimlessly through various corporate ventures for about ten years after undergraduate graduation,
Christian’s calling to ordained ministry was reaffirmed. He vows to honor that sacred calling as Deacon through
social justice activism, in and through The United Methodist Church, for the edification of individuals and
community, and for God’s ultimate glory. He is faithfully committed to the liberation of marginalized and
oppressed racially/ethnically, economically, and gendered persons. Christian currently serves St. Luke as a
member and minister, Chair of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. African Heritage Lecture Series, active with the
Political-Social Action Ministry, and however assigned and called. He has served as Co-Chair of the Young Adult
Ministry, Board of Trustee member and Vice Chair, and was the first youth appointed to St. Luke’s Staff/Pastor
Parish Relations Committee.
In the summers of 2016 and 2017, he ministered as a House Pastor for Project Transformation North Texas. He
furthers his community advocacy through Faith In Texas; a multi-racial, interfaith movement for economic and
racial justice in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and serves on the Community Bail Fund of North Texas Board
of Directors. The Prophet Micah (6:8) reminds us of our duty to God and community through making Justice
happen, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God, and that is exactly what Christian aspires to do.