Who We Are
“WATC is committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Atlanta, GA and around the world!”
WATC is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Atlanta, Georgia and around the world. Community Television, Inc. is a faith-based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to produce and broadcast positive television programming for all ages to educate and inspire. As a Christian organization, Community Television, Inc. upholds the principles established by the Word of God. The vision of Community Television extends beyond broadcasting and includes reaching out to help those in need of food and clothing through its First Works Outreach. (Mark 16:15)
Greg West - President of Community Television, Inc.
Christian television has been a part of Greg West’s life for almost three decades. After graduating in 1983 from James Madison University with a degree in Communications, Greg started working as Advertising Manager for a retail chain until that first opportunity to work in television opened up.
“There was a new television station starting in Burlington, North Carolina,” he said. “I thought if I ever was going to get a start in television that my best chance was a station that was signing on the air.” The station, WRDG TV 16, aired Christian programming to both the Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point market and the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill market.
Four years later, Greg moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he worked as a television director for WGGS TV 16, one of the first Christian television stations in the country. He also worked at Leslie Advertising, a highly successful advertising agency, where he assisted in the areas of traffic and print production. “I was getting a great education as I watched the creative team at work at the agency and the television producers create programming at the station. I was working many hours but it was like being in school because I was learning so much,” he said.
He left Leslie Advertising in 1991 and accepted the position of Creative Services Director at WGGS. That position offered Greg the chance to use what he had learned from those earlier years. “I wrote and designed newsletters, produced a children’s television series, edited ministry documentaries, and created sales and promotional campaigns,” he said. “No two days were quite the same.” Greg credits WGGS TV 16’s Founders Dr. James and Joanne Thompson for allowing him to work in a position that offered so many opportunities. “When I think back to the opportunities that I have had, from traveling with Joanne to help in the orphanages of Romania to being a part of her chapel services in prisons throughout South Carolina, I can truly say that I have been blessed to be able to follow my passion.”
Greg continues, “I remember sitting in my home church after getting my first job in Christian television back in the ‘80s. I was sitting there and I remembered how I used to produce the church service as a television program in my mind when I was around the age of ten. This was long before churches had camera equipment of their own. When I thought back to that, I realized that the seed of what I was to do was actually planted many years before.”
In 1995, Greg moved to Atlanta, Georgia to help with the startup of WATC TV 57. Dr. Thompson had acquired the construction permit for the channel several years before. Everything was moving quickly and the station was ready to sign on in April 1996.
Greg was involved in many aspects of the station, including the launch of the station’s flagship program Atlanta Live which premiered in January 1997. Since then, he has been the producer for several of WATC’s longest-running original series, Babbie’s House and Friends & Neighbors. Television projects have ranged from producing documentaries highlighting the ministry work taking place in the Appalachian Mountains and Bulgaria to producing original series as Right Now, Gospel Music USA and Kim Gravel in the ATL. He has been very involved in the launch of several digital television subchannels, including Sixteen Too and Harmony Gospel Music TV in Greenville, South Carolina and WATC TOO in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2011, Greg was named President of Community Television, Inc. following the passing of WATC Founders Dr. James and Joanne Thompson. He also serves on the Board of Directors for several ministries such as Dove Broadcasting in Greenville, South Carolina, Watchmen Broadcasting in Augusta, Georgia and Alfa-Omega TV in Timisoara, Romania. He is a member of First Baptist Atlanta as well as the Atlanta chapters of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
Patricia Mathis - Vice-President of Community Television, Inc.
Patricia Mathis has come a long way from the rural, mountainous Southwest Virginia area where she was born and raised to the metropolitan city of Atlanta. “I was raised in an area known as Bellamy Town which was founded by my great, great grandfather Bellamy back in 1865,” Pat shared. “Family ties are strong to the area. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 11 at the Bellamy United Methodist Church, a church that was built by my family. I enjoy going back to the area still today, not only to see my family and old friends but to learn more about the rich heritage of the area.”
Soon after graduating from high school, Pat married L. J. (Jim) Mathis. Her professional career began with a position at the Eastman Kodak Company in Kingsport, Tennessee starting in 1967. Jim’s work required a transfer and the family, which now included two sons, moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area and that is where Pat’s passion for Southern Gospel music began.
“In 1976, I began working for Dr. Jerry Goff who toured with a singing group called Jerry and the Singing Goffs,” said Pat. “I began to learn about the gospel music industry, especially Southern Gospel, and I loved it. I scheduled appearances for the group, worked behind the scenes at concerts, and planned special events. I met so many wonderful people along the way and they remain my friends to this day.”
Jim had another job transfer and that led Pat to the next chapter of her professional life. “I started working for Dr. James and Joanne Thompson at WGGS TV in Greenville, South Carolina,” Pat remembered. “Being at WGGS allowed me to still be involved in Southern Gospel music and also assist Joanne with some of her mission outreach work to Appalachia and her street ministry work in California.”
Another job transfer for Jim then relocated Pat to Atlanta where she worked in various positions including fundraising at Senior Citizens Services and later working at ASHRAE in the communications department. But in 1996, Joanne Thompson contacted Pat and told her of the new television station that she and Jimmy were launching in Atlanta and insisted that she be a part of it. Pat began as Director of Administration for WATC TV which was broadcasting Christian and family programming throughout Atlanta. In 2000, Pat joined Betty Cornett as Producer and Co-host of a monthly two-hour television program on WATC titled Seniors Today. The purpose of Seniors Today is to recognize the accomplishments of seniors, highlight musical artists and bring useful health and lifestyle information. Seniors Today brought together Pat’s love of Southern Gospel music, her background in working with senior citizens and her years of experience in Christian television.
Pat has been recognized for her work as Producer of several television specials including Angel Awards for the ministry documentary “Old Time Religion: A Salute to Southern Gospel Music” and the biography special “The Life of Dr. Jerry Goff.” She also received an Angel Award and a Telly Award for the interview special “Inspiring People,” a one hour special featuring the inspirational stories of senior citizens such as television personality Art Linkletter and Chic-Fil-A Founder Truett Cathy. She has been honored for her many years of work to promote Southern Gospel music and also has been recognized for her accomplishments by the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who.
In 2011, Pat was recognized for her contributions in Christian television and gospel music by being named Vice-President of Community Television, Inc. (WATC TV).
Today, Pat is not only a wife, mother of two and grandmother of three, but she continues to serve as Vice-President and also works to promote Southern Gospel music as Producer of WATC’s newest series, Gospel Music U.S.A. She is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a member of Mountain Park United Methodist Church.
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ