Majors Bill and Trish Welch received a warm welcome as they assumed command of The Salvation Army Corps Community Center of Warsaw, Indiana. This growing Corps has flourishing programs for youth and adults, with plans to help even more of the community in the coming years. It’s a great place for the Majors, who discovered their calling while working as counselors at a Salvation Army summer camp and continue to share a love of the great outdoors. With years of experience leading Corps across the Midwest, the Majors are ready to do great things in this northern Indiana community.
As the Majors got settled into their new home, they shared with us their unique Salvation Army story:
Q: Where are you from? Have you ever lived in Indiana before?
Major Bill: I was born and grew up in a small town called Compton in the central part of Illinois. I just moved from Galesburg, Illinois to here. I have never lived in Indiana before.
Major Trish: I grew up near Camp Point, Illinois on a small farm. I have most recently been living in Galesburg, Illinois for 5 years and Ottawa, Illinois for 8 years. I have also live in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisoconsin.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your family?
Major Bill: My spouse is Trish Welch who serves with me as the Corps Officer of Warsaw, IN. We have two children, a daughter named Sam who is 18 and a daughter named Mykayla who is 7. We have a dog (Josh) and a cat (Princess).
Q: Why did you decide to become an officer in The Salvation Army?
Major Bill: I decided to become a Salvation Army officer because I had worked out at camp for a summer during college. I loved the way The Salvation Army combines being spiritual with helping people. I felt the Lord calling me to do this and I know it is where He wants to use me.
Major Trish: I first learned about The Salvation Army when I was a camp counselor at Camp Mihaska (The Salvation Army Midland Division). While there I learned what The Salvation Army was and saw the love they shared with the children that in many cases felt unloved, forgotten, and rejected. I knew then that I wanted to learn more about The Salvation Army. While I was an employee at The Salvation Army in Waterloo, I was assured by God that He had called me to be an officer.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at your new post?
Major Bill: I am most looking forward to getting to know the people here and helping people further see the plans God has in store for them.
Major Trish: I am looking forward to spending time getting to know those in the community and sharing in the ministry.
Q: Do you have any special talents, hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?
Major Bill: I like hiking and camping. I am looking forward to having the time to go hiking and exploring the area.
Major Trish: I enjoy hiking, reading, and camping.
Keep checking back as we continue to introduce Indiana’s newest Salvation Army officers throughout the month of July! Next up: Our second newlywed couple, Lieutenants Brandon and Megan Lewis, move to Indianapolis to assume command of their first Corps Community Center in the up-and-coming Fountain Square neighborhood.