Eastridge Church welcomes singer Steven Welch as worship pastor
November 20, 2012
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Worship Pastor Steven Welch has drawn the faithful at two of the largest churches in the country, combining his passion for music and faith to lead the masses through Sunday services.
Faith was always an important part of Welch’s life growing up in the Midwest. The son of a pastor, Welch attended Bible college, and during that time started playing music and touring the country with a band.
After time spent serving at The Chapel in Chicago and the James River Assembly in Missouri, Welch and his young family have decided to call Issaquah home, where Welch has been named the new worship pastor at Eastridge Church.
“Steven’s had a place of ministry in a couple of America’s really elite churches,” Lead Pastor Steve Jamison said. “He has really been one of the elite leaders in our country, as far as it comes to being a worship leader, and it’s been just an amazing blessing for us to have him.”
As a worship pastor, Welch produces and arranges music for services, works with bands, and guides the congregation through songs as he leads with his guitar.
“Songs amplify the sermon,” Welch said. “Throughout the scripture, and in the Old Testament specifically, you see that music was the main thing that brought people together and unified them. So, I get the joy of doing something that I love and leading people.”
Welch began working for Eastridge Church in early October, but he has already brought a welcomed energy to the congregation, Jamison said.
“There’s just a fresh lift,” he said. “You know this is a church that loves to worship, and Steven just has such a gift that it draws people in and I’ve seen already, people being responsive, and I’m just really excited about it.”
The Welch family has already taken a liking to living in the Northwest. Welch, his wife Danina and two young sons have enjoyed exploring the outdoors.
If you go
Pastor Steven Welch performs and leads the congregation in Sunday services.
On the Web
Pastor Steven Welch’s ‘Color of Love’ is available on iTunes.
“I love the area,” Welch said. “It’s just nice walking out and seeing the mountains and the beauty that is all around. It’s been very good, and we’ve been just very welcomed. I think it’s going to be a fun place for my family.”
Eastridge Church welcomes Welch at an exciting time in his life, as his first solo album, “Color of Love,” was released by Dream Records in mid-September.
Welch worked with producer Jeremy Larson to create the album that he described as sort of an indie approach to Christian music.
The new Eastridge Church pastor wrote all of the songs on the album. Welch found inspiration for his lyrics in everyday life, he said.
“Lyrically, my writing is based on my personal experiences in life,” he said. “It’s about my relationship with God, whether it is the good times or the bad times, and if you listen to the album, there is a big theme of grace that goes throughout.”
Originally, Welch had planned to release the album independently, but once the label got a hold of it, Welch couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Dream Records and ensure worldwide distribution of the album. The album can be found on iTunes.
The music has been compared to several indie bands, including Snow Patrol, Welch said.
“There are a lot of different people that I think of when I listen to the album,” Jamison said. “But the main thing is, is that it’s a style that people will really like and it’s the kind of CD that, when you listen to it, you are going to be lifted.”