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Jeffrey K. Welsch -
Senior Pastor

Our Senior Pastor Jeff Welsch graduated United Seminary in 1983 and received his first appointment as an Associate at First UMC Chambersburg. In 1985, he  was appointed to Balls Mills UMC, and then 1991 was appointed to a new church start called Aldersgate UMC, located in the suburbs of Mechanicsburg.  This was particularly challenging because when he arrived, they were meeting in the Holiday Inn! With a great deal of help from the Conference, we were able to construct a worship center and attendance grew tremendously.  He was then appointed to Wormleysburg for a short tenure, then to a church in Altoona for six years. In 2001, he received the call to move to Bedford.  He has had some diverse professional experiences, which has helped him to serve as the Senior Pastor of Bedford United Methodist Church for seventeen years.  He considers it a joy to grow and develop ministry together as BUMC reaches out in the name of Christ. 
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