Watson jones III, Senior pastor

Watson Jones III served as the Lead and Founding Pastor of Restoration Church of Philadelphia. Before starting his church, Watson served in a dual two-year church-planting residency under the leadership of Dr. Eric Mason of Epiphany Fellowship in North Philadelphia and Fellowship Associates in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Before moving to Philadelphia, Watson served as a staff pastor at his home church, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, where he served as Children's Pastor and eventually Youth Pastor while leading a group of 1,000 members in various church-wide activities.


Watson has a Bachelor’s of Art in Business from Trinity International University, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric. 


Watson recently moved back to Chicago with his wife Kelli and three children, Yeshaya, Watson IV, and Ellison