The Watty Bowes Society

The Watty Bowes Society recognizes generous individuals who make contributions of $1,000 or more in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

The Society launched in fall 2015 in honor of Dr. Watson A. Bowes, Jr.  Watty, as he is known to his many friends, exemplifies the servant leadership taught by Johnson Service Corps.  His vision, dedication and generosity have been instrumental in Johnson Service Corps’ growth and sustainability.  Watty served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson Service Corps for eight years and as a mentor to several young adults who have come through the program.

We will hold a second annual Watty Bowes Society celebration in two locations this fall: Thursday, October 27th at the home of Ed and Stuart Embree in Durham, and on Thursday, November 17th at the home of Bill Ross and Susan Gravely in Chapel Hill.

To join the Society, attend either celebration, or for more information about the WBS, please contact JSC director Sarah Horton-Campbell at or 919-442-2593.

A message from Watty Bowes:Watty Bowes

I first became involved with Johnson Service Corps (at that time called the Johnson Intern Program) when I volunteered to be a mentor for Annemarie (McCaig) Todd one of three interns in the first year of the program (2000-2001).

Later I was asked to serve on the Board of Advisors and then on the Board of Directors when the program acquired status as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

I have appreciated the opportunity to serve Johnson Service Corps (JSC) and I believe it is important and valuable for several reasons:

1) JSC had its beginning at the Chapel of the Cross in great part because the UNC students involved in campus ministry pointed out that the Episcopal Church, both at the local and national levels, had no programs for young adults after their college years. So at its inception and since that time Johnson Service Corps has provided an opportunity for young adults to continue to nurture their Christian lives as they transition to life after college.

2) JSC is special and unique among other post-baccalaureate interim service experiences in that it involves young adults in life in a modern monastic-like living experience including living in community with a rule of life, education based on the Servant Leadership model, and work in organizations that have social-justice orientations. Each of these three aspects of the program challenges the corps members personally, spiritually, and intellectually.

3) JSC connects the Parish and Diocese to the wider community through the workplaces where the corps members are employed and through the community members that volunteer as mentors for the corps members, as members of the Board of Directors, and in other important support for the program.

4) JSC provides members of the wider community the opportunity to participate with the corp members in the Servant Leadership classes that are conducted in the fall of each year. This intergenerational educational experience allows the wisdom and life experiences of the older members of classes to be offered to and enlivened by the inquisitive enthusiasm of the younger members.

Finally, I value my association with JSC because of the many new acquaintances (young, old and not so old) that I have made and continue to enjoy as friends. I appreciate how much JSC has enriched my life.


Watson A. Bowes Jr.