It was a special occasion, attended by students and staff from the College and Dilworth School, with Bishop of Auckland, The Right Reverend Ross Bay, leading the commissioning service and Archdeacon Michael Berry officially placing Rev Watson in his stall.
Following his commissioning, Rev Watson expressed his joy and privilege to have been formally commissioned as Chaplain to the King’s community.
“As a parent of a young King’s man and now as Chaplain to all students, staff and our wider community, I look forward to praying for the work of the College and serving King’s in the days ahead,” says Rev Watson.
“My aspirations for the ministry of the Chapel is to simply support and affirm the College’s goal of delivering a good all round education to the students, especially within the area of Christian spirituality in the Anglican tradition.
“The Chapel of course, is a very special place to so many, a whare karakia (house of prayer). Therefore, my on-going prayer is that the Chapel would continue to be a place where our community may find spiritual strength, renewed vision and peace. Virtus Pollet. Deo Gratia.”
Rev Watson joins the College from Dilworth School, where he served as School Chaplain for more than ten years. He replaces Reverend Warner Wilder who retired from the College in December after 28 years of dedicated service.
The King’s College Senior Chaplain sits on the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for Chapel worship and all other spiritual outreach including pastoral care for the College community, overseeing the teaching of Religious Studies in the classroom and overseeing outreach programmes by the College to the community.
More photos of the commissioning service can be viewed on the King's College Facebook page.