Rev. Dr. John C. Welch comes with a wide variety of experience in corporate, ecclesial, and higher education environments. Currently, Dr. Welch is the Senior Pastor of the Sixth Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Program Development for the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. Prior to this he spent almost 14-years as Vice President for Student Services, Community Engagement and Dean of Students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Beyond this work, Dr. Welch has done strategic business planning and conducted seminars and trainings to church leaders, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the areas of ethics, burnout, moral distress, long term care, implicit bias, and institutional racism.
Dr. Welch has served as an adjunct professor of Business Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh’s Consortium Ethics Program as well as an adjunct professor of Theology at Carlow University. Currently, he sits on the Ethics Committees for a major health network and has offered his expertise in response to Covid-19 infections by designing engagement strategies to low-income communities of color and other marginalized populations including immigrants and LGBTQ, addressing vaccination hesitancy and community spread.
Furthermore, Dr. Welch has led several nonprofit boards and currently is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Gamaliel Network, an international organization specializing in faith-based community organizing, with several organizations in the metro-Chicago area. Dr. Welch has over 22-years of experience as a consultant in the field of Information Technology, 27-years in ordained ministry serving Presbyterian and Baptist congregations.
A native of Pittsburgh, John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering & Economics, a Master of Divinity degree, and a PhD in Healthcare Ethics. He and his wife are the parents of four adults and the grandparents of three.