Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. Lewis N. Watson


“If God be for us, then who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Rev. Dr. Lewis N. Watson, a man of God and the humble Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, MD, has believed this motto from the time he began preaching through this present day.
He was born in Selbyville, DE to Lottie Watson-Harmon and the late Lewis N. Harmon. His family relocated to Salisbury, MD when he was very young. There, he attended the public schools of Wicomico County.
Upon graduating from Parkside High School, Salisbury, MD, Rev. Watson matriculated at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Princess Anne, MD, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. Rev. Watson earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science from the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD.
Prior to his graduation from UMES, Rev. Judson C. Mills, the Pastor of First Baptist at that time, ordained him in April 1982. Shortly thereafter, he became Co-Pastor of First Baptist. After the demise of Rev. Mills in October 1988, Rev. Watson was chosen and called to carry on the mission of First Baptist as Pastor on December 5, 1988.
In addition to being a dedicated and committed Pastor, Rev. Watson is the husband of Lady Deac. Talana D. Watson, father of three children, Rev. Kenneth (Kanika), Amaris (Min. Brandon), and Christina (Stephen), and grandfather of one grandson, Kaden.
Being an ambitious young man who had experience in the funeral industry, he fulfilled a dream, and along with his wife, established his business in July 1986, now the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, P.A., Salisbury, MD. With his marketing ability and vision, the business has grown over the years. Rev. Watson and his wife are the owners of Green Acres Memorial Park, Inc.
Not only has Rev. Watson grown professionally, but he has also grown theologically in that he has attended St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD, Capital Bible Seminary, Lanham, MD, and earned a Master of Ministry Degree with a concentration in Christian Education from the Chesapeake Bible Seminary, Queenstown, MD, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Virginia University, Lynchburg, VA.
Many projects and ministries have been implemented under the pastorate of Rev. Watson. In November 1994, a new sanctuary with a seating capacity of 700 people was completed. He has led the church to purchase several properties in the name of the church for the purpose of future economic development. In July 2002, Pastor Watson led First Baptist into the mortgage burning of the new sanctuary, a $900,000 project. On July 29, 2005, he led First Baptist into a 2.5 million dollar, 18,000 square foot Family Life & Cultural Center. Recently, he led First Baptist into the renovation of the historic sanctuary.
Memberships include: National Baptist Convention USA, Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Outstanding Young Men of America, Life Member of National Registry Who’s Who 1997, and National Funeral Directors Association. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., F. & A. M. Masonic Lodge Lamech #30 and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Gamma Theta Boule’).