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Watson preaches last sermon

Rev. Watson Wasden, 90,  has served Antioch West Baptist Church for more than half a century.  Sunday, January 10, after five decades of bringing people together as the pastor, Preacher Watson preached his last sermon before entering into retirement.  The congregation, along with family and friends, offered their thanks for his service and dedication.

For fifty-four years Watson Wasden, referred to by many as “Preacher Watson,” has led the congregation of Antioch West Baptist Church with unparalleled devotion, preaching from the church’s pulpit thousands of times including Sunday morning worship service, Sunday night service and Wednesday evening service.  He has devoted his days to praying for Antioch’s members, the community, and others.   He has led numerous souls to Christ, performed countless baptisms, united numerous couples in holy matrimony, and directed many funerals.   From Preacher Watson’s very first sermon to Antioch West Baptist Church on Jan., 7, 1967 to his last on Jan. 10, 2021, he has been a faithful and dedicated pastor, friend and leader.   Church members, friends and family gathered at Sunday morning’s service to express their gratitude and love in honor of Wasden for his 54 years of ministry to the church and community. 

Special music was presented by Aaron Ledbetter, who sang Preacher Watson’s favorite song, “The Anchor Holds” which perfectly describes Preacher Watson’s faithfulness to God and church.  Aaron also paid tribute to Preacher Watson with a second song “Thank you for giving to the Lord.”

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