The Reverend Jed Watson has been pastor of Peace Memorial Church since April 2019. Raised in Racine, Wisconsin, he earned his BA in Political Science and English from Marquette University and his MA in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first career was in criminal justice, serving state agencies in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Through his work he acquired fresh insights into the reality and nature of human brokenness, pain and tragedy. He recalls, "I discovered that the problems that occupied me professionally are all largely spiritual in nature, products of broken relationships and distorted understandings of ourselves in relation to one another and to God.” It was with this sharpened vision and renewed energy that he heard his call to ministry. After graduating from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, he served congregations in Wisconsin and Lake Villa, Illinois. Pastor Jed is happily married to his wife, Sue, a corporate archivist and records manager. They reside in Orland Park.