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Flo Barbee-Watkins

Flo Barbee-Watkins

Lead Presbyter for Vision and Collaboration

Flo Barbee-Watkins has oversight of the presbytery office, staff, budget, and ministries. She also serves as staff liaison to the Mission Council and Trustees, Commission on Ministry, and New Worshipping Communities Team.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Flo received a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in homiletics and Christian education from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. In 2020, she earned a doctorate in education in organizational leadership from Northcentral University.

Throughout her ministry, Flo has served the Church with heart and soul in a variety of ways.

For 18 years she was the pastor of Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church, now known as “the Avenue,” in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a 20-year veteran of the US Air National Guard, retiring in 2017 as deputy-wing chaplain. Most recently, she was the transitional general presbyter for Presbytery of Detroit.

Her resume also includes the following highlights:

  • The first African American clergywoman moderator of Presbytery of Charlotte, elected in 2013.
  • Former co-moderator of PC(USA)’s Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns.
  • Former member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
  • Certified Core Values facilitator.
  • Adjunct faculty in homiletics.

Flo is married to Montressa Barbee-Watkins and they have one adult daughter. Flo’s hobbies include cooking, grilling meats, golfing, travel, and camping in her RV. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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