Growing up in a church environment, Kevin Welch knew about God yet became disillusioned with the church. As a teenager, he wanted no part of what he considered ‘institutionalised religion’. Other matters took on importance, especially amateur theatre which became his main interest for 16 years.
But one night in 2008, a party and his role in amateur theatre turned into a very bad experience. ‘I hit rock bottom’, he said. ‘I didn’t know where I was going’.
While attending church sporadically, he heard the gospel clearly explained for the first time. He said, ‘Looking back, I can see how God has shaped my life right from the start and guided me to where I am now. I have done some evangelism with workers from OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigners), as well as in the workplace and social settings.
‘Now I can see the real reason the Lord gave me the gift to be able to get up in front of people, and why his timing to bring my theatrical career to a halt was so perfect’.
He acknowledged how God had changed his life completely, saying, ‘He has answered prayer on so many levels, most dramatically my wife Lorna’s conversion from antagonist to believer, in the weeks immediately following my baptism’.
This year, Mr Welch is leaving his work in the Welsh civil service providing support for children and young people with additional learning needs. He will become a trainee evangelist with OAC. In addition to his mandatory studies and hands-on experience, there will be scope for his creative gifts.