Brandon Watts was successful in the corporate world in Philadelphia. Then good job prospects and a promotion offered opportunity for his family to move to the South. Yet neither Brandon nor his wife, Ty, could shake the sense that God wanted a different direction for their lives. After considerable prayer, Brandon and Ty confirmed that God was leading them to ministry.
Brandon and Ty entered a two-year ministry residency at Epiphany Fellowship, the church where they had been members for years. During these years, Brandon and Ty kept praying for the place where their family should start a church. To their surprise, their prayers kept leading them to Brooklyn, where Ty grew up.
Brooklyn is the largest of the five boroughs in New York City. In fact, if the boroughs of New York were separate cities, Brooklyn would be the third largest city in the United States.
Reaching and ministering in Brooklyn is a challenge that excite the Watts. Brandon says, “I want to see that diversity is not just a Sunday morning thing. It’s not just that we look around at church and see people of different colors. I want people to be in each other’s kitchens, sharing meals. I want to watch you cook! That’s where we really get to know each other.” When people spend time in each other’s homes and are united in worship together, there is hope for gospel unity in Brooklyn and beyond.