Jerry Watkinson

Jerry & Deloris WatkinsonJerry D. Watkinson, age 80, died Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at the home of his daughter, Cynthia Preciado, in Chula Vista, California. Jerry was born May 5, 1925, in Mount Vernon, Washington. He grew up on a farm during the Great Depression; his godly grandparents were a strong influence on him.
As a young man, he enlisted in the Air Force.After leaving the Air Force, he worked as a professional photographer in southern California. There, he met Deloris Mellin, a former resident of Howard Lake, Cokato, and Minneapolis. They studied Scripture together and he was baptized in 1948.
In July 1949 Jerry and Deloris were married in the Howard Lake Church of Christ by G. H. Cachiaras in June of 1949. To this union were born two daughters, Cynthia and Vicki, and a son, Philip. Jerry studied at Pacific Bible Seminary in Long Beach, CA (now Hope University). He ministered with the Carson (CA) Christian Church and oversaw construction of their first building. He also led a youth program at South Santa Ana (CA) Church of Christ, where he was ordained into the Christian ministry.
During Christmas vacation 1951, Mr. Watkinson and two other young men from the South Santa Ana church made a survey trip in Mexico, which began in Mr. Watkinson a lifetime passion for reaching Mexican nationals with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Watkinsons settled in Mexico in July 1955. In the summer of 1960, the family teamed up with brother Epifanio Gutierrez, who had established himself in the coastal city of Ensenada, Baja California, and they founded Churches of Christ of Baja California. Later the name was changed to Christian Mission for Mexican Evangelism, and additional Mexican evangelists were called to service.
Eventually churches were established in Ensenada, Mexicali, San Luis Rio Colorado, Tecate, Rosarito, Erendira, Bonfil, and Culiacán. He continued to oversee the evangelistic emphasis of the mission. He taught Bible classes at the Empleados church in Ensenada until 1988, and he continued to teach the combined adult and youth class at the colonia Jalisco church until his illness made impossible to continue.

2 Responses to “Jerry Watkinson”

  1. Jerry, This is Linda Berg of Rio Bravo Christian Ministries near Piedras Negras. You have sent various e-mails through the years to us concerning your concerns about the christian church and it’s liberal movement. I was looking today for VBS material and found your article about the need for material and Sunday School material. We understand and have the same concerns. We do have material that we have been allowed to translate from Creation VBS – they are some of our Christian church people who several years ago decided the need was great for us to return to more biblical based material than cultural. I contacted them about seven years ago. They have allowed us each year to translate their current VBS material and use it for free for our VBS’s in Mexico. I have several old series that are translated and would be willing to send your way if you are interested. I have not begun the translation of the newest VBS material but will be doing so as soon as it becomes available for 2009. Let me know if you are interested. As far as Sunday School material goes, we struggle with having nothing for that too. THanks. Linda Berg

  2. Dear Linda,

    Thank you for leaving a response for “Jerry Watkinson” on Jerry was my father, and he passed away three years ago – on July 13, 2005 to be exact. My name is Philip Watkinson, and I am the one that is behind the search for VBS material. Please send whatever you have to PO Box 1088, Imperial Beach, CA. 91933. I thank you so much for contributing to the cause of Christ in NW Mexico!

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