OUTREACH MINISTER

Zach Welch

Zach has been a leader at Providence since mid-2014 when he and his wife arrived from the mission field after serving with the International Mission Board. Since then Zach (and Hanna), along with the leadership of the church have led PBC in adopting an unreached people group in West Africa. He has also led in seeking opportunities with refugees in nearby Clarkston, GA, as well as leading outreach days in our own community.

 

Zach also teaches a Gospel Project class to college students, and co-teaches a New Beginnings group. Additionally, Zach still enjoys being a logistics services consultant for the IMB for Nigeria in his spare time, as well as being an adjunct professor at a local college. Zach is also the chairman of the upcoming Here+There Conference with Dr. Johnny Hunt. 

Zach's favorite ministry however is to his family where he can coach soccer, go camping, or just read a book to his kids. 

More about Zach...

Tell us about you and your family?

My wife, Hanna, and I have been married for ten years. We have an energetic five year old son and a sassy, three year old daughter. 

What is your favorite book and why?

I re-read Radical by David Platt at least once a year. It still challenges me to not settle for an easy life. The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith is so readable and provides clarity on Africa's recent past. As for fiction, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a short, but gripping story. Any of John Piper's biographies of missionaries are great too. 

What is your favorite scripture passage and why?

It's never the same and depends on the season. Right now it would be 1 Thessalonians 5: 9-11For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. It is such an encouragement as we live, work, and disciple that - even in the mess - and no matter what, God has not destined us for wrath. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Probably the way I tried to ask my wife to marry me. I scaled the fence at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA and cut my wrist pretty good. She somehow still said, "yes." 

If you could have lunch with anyone alive today who would it be with and why?

Eating lunch with my family is always a treat, even though after reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield I may need to rethink my answer. 

 

What do you love most about PBC?

Even though we are small in number, we - through the power of the Holy Spirit - punch above our weight in how we disciple here, there, and everywhere

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