Watson was born and raised on Chicago’s south side. After struggling with gang life, drugs and a sense of hopelessness, at the age of 14 Watson submitted his life to Christ. Soon after, he began sharing the Gospel with his friends and schoolmates. He developed a desire to reach out to people far from Christ.
While attending college, Watson began to discern a passion to reach the people of Philadelphia by planting a church there. Watson married Kelli soon after, and then served on staff at his home church in Chicago for several years. The couple relocated to Philadelphia in 2012 to learn more about the culture of the city in preparation for church planting.
Restoration Church launched in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia in the spring of 2015.