Pastor Watt was saved as a young boy. His family belonged to El Vista Baptist Church at the time. He went to Bible College and Seminary at the old Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga. While there, he was pastor of the Wayside Baptist Church. He served for 7 years as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Rochester, IN. On January 1, 1986, he began his ministry as pastor of El Vista Baptist Church.
Phil Lancaster, also a Temple graduate, has served as assistant pastor and music director since 1981. He is originally from the Kalamazoo, MI, area.