Rev. John C. Welch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and after graduating from Central Catholic High School, attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering & Economics. Soon thereafter Rev. Welch began a productive career in computer technology and management systems working for a number of corporations such as IBM, Grubb & Ellis, and Deloitte & Touche.
Rev. Welch is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity degree. He served the Bidwell United Presbyterian Church as pastor from 1999 – 2006. In January 2007 Rev. Welch is currently serving as Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University.
Rev. Welch is active in the community and has served and continues to serve on various boards and advisory committees. He served on the Community Research Advisory Board of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health (CRAB), the Board of Directors of the Rankin Christian Center, co-chaired the Religious Affairs Committee of the Pittsburgh NAACP and was Chairperson for the Advisory Board of Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls. Rev. Welch was appointed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearing Board in 2006 and served or 6-years. He served as President of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (a coalition of over 40 churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, meeting houses and other faith-based special interest groups and institutions, working to promote regional equity and social justice in the Greater Pittsburgh area and surrounding region.) and served as Chair of the African-American Leadership Commission of the Gamaliel Foundation. Currently, Rev. Welch is a member on the Advisory Board of the Metro-Urban Institute of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gamaliel Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, serves as Adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, and has been the Chief Chaplain for the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police since 2008.
Rev. Welch has been recognized by Church Women United, Inc. with their Human Rights Award in 2007, the NAACP as Pastor of the Year in 2007, the YWCA with their Racial Justice Award in 2010, the City of Pittsburgh as a finalist for their 2011 DiverCity360 Living Legend Honors, and the Gamaliel Foundation with their 25th Anniversary Legacy Leader Award.