Sallie Watson

Vice Chair


Sallie is a native of Dallas and a lifelong Presbyterian, who grew up in the Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church of Dallas. She received her Bachelors degree from Austin College in 1978, with a major in English and minor in music. After a brief stint in advertising where she worked for the Dallas Times Herald and two advertising agencies, Sallie discerned the call to ministry and entered Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she earned the Master of Divinity degree in 1987.

In 2007, Sallie earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she studied preaching with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Her thesis is titled “Preaching in Fallow Time: Nurturing Deep-Rooted Growth Through Word and Sacrament.” Sallie has served a number of churches in Texas, California, and Utah in both called and interim positions as a student intern, Associate Pastor, and Pastor. She served as Interim General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Arkansas and began her work as Regional Presbyter/Stated Clerk of Sierra Blanca and Santa Fe Presbyteries on April 1, 2010.

She has held various positions of leadership at all levels of the PC (USA). Sallie is a former President of the Austin College Alumni Association, and has been a contributing editor for Presbyterian Outlook magazine. In her “spare time,” Sallie serves on the Board of Trustees for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Ghost Ranch. Sallie and her husband Paul are the proud, happy and exhausted parents of two children, Alex, a student at Menaul, and Meredith.


Member, HOS Review Committee