Major Bill Welch
Major Bill Welch first started serving in the Salvation Army at Camp Mihaska in Missouri. He attended MacMurrey college in Jacksonville, Illinois and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science in special education. Bill has a heart for helping those with special needs. He and his wife entered The Salvation Army Training College For Officer Training in 1994 and was commissioned with the “Messengers Of Truth” session in 1996 and assigned to Pontiac, Michigan. Several appointments later, he, his wife, and two daughters arrived in Warsaw, Indiana to further carry out the mission and lead the operations in Kosciusko County.
Major Trish Welch got her start with the Salvation Army at Camp Mihaska in Missouri. She attended Illinois college in Jacksonville, Illinois and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. She has a heart and passion for working with young children and is the proud mother of two daughters with her husband, Major Bill Welch. She entered the Salvation Army Training College For Officers Training in 1994 and was commissioned with the “Messengers of Truth” session in 1996. She and her husband were then assigned to Pontiac, Michigan and were moved to various other Corps before coming to Warsaw, Indiana in June of 2015.
Community Ministries Director
Ken met The Salvation Army as a teenager in Marshalltown, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army and then attended the Salvation Army School For Officers Training, commissioned with the “God’s Soldiers” session in 1981. He was assigned to Warsaw in 1988 where he resigned in 1990. In April 1997 he was hired to oversee the assistance programs; including the Choice Food Pantry, Rental Assistance, School Shoes, Angel Tree, Work Clothing, Pathway of Hope and more. Ken is very involved with Rotary, GWMA & Boy Scouts. Ken holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife Sina, are in a blended family with seven children & enjoy their grandchildren.
Melissa graduated from South Adams High School in 2001 and was hired by The Salvation Army in October 2014. She greets our guests and helps the Community Ministries Director with the social service programs. Her responsibilities also include the proper processing of donations throughout the year She is also the main contact for our Kettle Campaign and other local volunteer efforts. Melissa also assists our Corps Officers in their everyday administrative responsibilities making sure all reporting is up to date and new local donor development efforts are moving forward. Melissa’s enjoys serving people, writing in her personal blog, and has solid experience in both customer service and social media She and her husband Chris are in a blended family with three children.