Our Staff: Dwight Watson, Director of Spiritual Development
Last September, the Board of Child Care promoted staff member Dwight Watson to the position of Director of Spiritual Development. Mr. Watson has worked at BCC since 2008, beginning his BCC career as a child care worker on the Falling Waters campus and eventually serving as Falling Waters’ Campus Supervisor.
In his new role, Mr. Watson is overseeing the spiritual life program for both the Baltimore and Falling Waters campuses, as well as all BCC community-based group homes and the Eastern Shore campus.
Mr. Watson says he was drawn to working at BCC after having spent a weekend at a spiritual retreat. Just a few days after the retreat, he spotted an advertisement for a job fair featuring BCC as one of the employers. At the time he was working at Target, spending his days loading boxes onto trucks. “I was tired of it and I wanted to do something meaningful,” he recalls.
Now having worked at BCC for four years, he believes he has found his calling. “To see that we’ve been able to positively affect somebody’s life is very rewarding work,” Mr. Watson says. “The church can be proud of the work we do because we do make an impact in the lives of youth.”
Part of his mission in overseeing BCC youths’ spiritual development is to make their spiritual education as positive an experience as possible while living at BCC. In particular, he wants the youth to know that the door is always open for them to join the United Methodist Church, or any other spiritual family. “I want them to grow in their own faith tradition,” he says.
The spiritual life program includes chapel services and weekly Bible study. Mr. Watson has also started conducting “spiritual life assessments” for every BCC resident. Shortly after a child or youth is admitted to BCC, he meets one-on-one with him or her to introduce the spiritual life program and give the resident an opportunity to ask questions, as well as for Mr. Watson to assess the spiritual needs of the resident.
Mr. Watson has a bachelor's degree in religious students from Elon University, and is pursing a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. He and his wife, who is a United Methodist pastor in Berkeley Springs, WV, are also licensed foster parents and have fostered several children.