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Joann Ford Watson, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Watson has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in religious education

Dr. Watson has worked as the H.R. Gill Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at the Ashland Theological Seminary since 1996.

    ASHLAND, OH, May 11, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Joann Ford Watson, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Watson celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With more than 30 years of industry experience to her credit, Dr. Watson has worked as the H.R. Gill Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at the Ashland Theological Seminary since 1996. She has also served Ashland Theological Seminary as chair of the department of church history and theology from 1994 to 1997, 2002 to 2005, and in 2007 and 2015, associate professor of theology from 1989 to 1995, and assistant professor of history and theology from 1984 to 1986. Prior to these appointments, she was a pastor of the Camroden Presbyterian Church from 1987 to 1989, a co-pastor for the Tri-Church Parish with the United Methodist Churches from 1987 to 1989, and a chaplain for Grady Health Systems from 1986 to 1987. Dr. Watson began her career as a parish associate with the First Presbyterian Church from 1985 to 1986, a position she would later reprise from 2004 to 2005.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Watson pursued an education at DePauw University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. She followed this accomplishment with a Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1981. She concluded her studies at Northwestern University in 1984, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy. Additionally, Dr. Watson was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA.

Beyond her efforts within the field, Dr. Watson has contributed to numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. A missionary volunteer for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, in 1988, she was a clergy commissioner delegate for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA in 1995. A member of the Ashland County Chapter for the Hospice of North Central Ohio from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Watson served as associate member for the Women's Symphony League. She also served on the Ashland Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors since 2015 and currently serves as President. She is also involved in the Ashland County Community Foundation.

Dr. Watson has found much success with her written work as well, having penned such books as "Manna for Sisters in Christ: A Resource for Women in Ministry" in 1989, "Mutuality in Christ" in 1991, "Meditations in Suffering" in 1993, and "A Study of Karl Barth's Doctrine of Man and Woman" in 1995. She has also authored "Sister to Sister: A Spiritual Formation Resource for Women: Based on the Women of Scripture" in 1998 and "Healed to Serve" in 2001. Most recently, Dr. Watson co-edited seven volumes of "Selected Spiritual Writings of Anne Dutton: Eighteenth-Century, British-Baptist, Woman Theologian" between 2003 and 2015.

In addition to her primary trade, Dr. Watson remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. From 1990 to 1995, she was a trustee and on the executive board of the International Association of Women Ministers. She has also maintained involvement with the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the National Association of Presbyterian Clergy Women, Presbyterian Women in Leadership, and Henri Nouwen Society. Furthermore, Dr. Watson has been a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and Alpha Lambda Delta.

In light of her exceptional undertakings, Dr. Watson has accrued several accolades and honors throughout her impressive career. A fellow of Northwestern University from 1982 to 1984, she has been presented with the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Ashland High School in 2005 and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the Ashland Theological Seminary from 2003 to 2004. She has received the Outstanding ATS Faculty Mentor Award in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007. She also received the Ashland Women's Achievement Award in 2003. Dr. Watson has been selected for inclusion in many editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who Among American Teachers and Who's Who Among Biblical Studies and Archeology. Dr. Watson received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England in 2016 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2016 also.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Watson has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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