Meet our new Pastoral Residents

Covenant is pleased to announce that Julia Watkins and Ian Clark have joined the staff as Pastoral Residents. Julia will serve in Mission and Outreach while Ian will lead Young Adult ministries. Both  graduated in May from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Julia is known to many at Covenant from her time as a Seminary Intern in summer 2015. After graduating from Davidson College with a degree in psychology and minor in Arab Studies, Julia served as a Chaplain Intern at Duke University Hospital and later held the same role at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, where she led worship services for patients, among other duties. 

As a Stapleton/Davidson intern in 2013, she spent the summer serving at the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte. Once in Seminary, Julia took a year off, in her words "to gain more experience to direct my vocational path."  Specifically, she moved from Georgia to Philadelphia to work at Broad Street Ministry.

Now in his third year at Princeton Theological Seminary, Ian is a Chaplain Candidate Officer in the U.S. Navy (currently a LTJG). To make the transition from Chaplain Candidate to active duty Chaplain, he must have two years of religious leadership experience. The two-year nature of Covenant’s residency program is a good fit for Ian’s long-term ministry plan.

While at Princeton, Ian served two congregations and was also involved in hospital chaplaincy work. His day-to-day tasks included crafting educational offerings for these congregations and supporting their missional efforts, such as providing food, prayer, and other forms of support to New York City’s homeless population.