testimonials

  • It's not everyday that you come across a leader who is not just willing to listen but wants to listen. Rev. Dr. John C. Welch wants to learn, understand, and take action to meet the the needs of all the people he works with and on behalf of. I cannot think of a better leader for the city of Pittsburgh, a man who values dignity and honesty and is never afraid to keep it real. As a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Dean Welch was someone who both inspired and encouraged me to speak up and believe in the power of my voice. I have no doubt that he will do the same for the people of Pittsburgh.

    It's not everyday that you come across a leader who is not just willing to listen but wants to listen. Rev. Dr. John C. Welch wants to learn, understand, and take action to meet the the needs of all the people he works with and on behalf of. I cannot think of a better leader for the city of Pittsburgh, a man who values dignity and honesty and is never afraid to keep it real. As a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Dean Welch was someone who both inspired and encouraged me to speak up and believe in the power of my voice. I have no doubt that he will do the same for the people of Pittsburgh.

    Britney L.V. Knight
  • "When I think of my good friend and fellow laborer for justice the Rev. Dr. John Welch, three words come to mind. They are wisdom, vision and integrity. John is a leader. We first met at the beginning of this century while he was pastor of the historic Bid well Presbyterian Church in the Manchester area of Pittsburgh and I was pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church on North Avenue. John’s wisdom was evident in his ability to analyze, describe and prescribe amid the violence, poverty and crime of our urban setting. His wisdom helped me determine to join his efforts to bring justice to our city. His wisdom helped us all to discern what people of faith and many divergent faiths could do to work together to bring healing and hope.His leadership of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) evidenced his wisdom."

    "When I think of my good friend and fellow laborer for justice the Rev. Dr. John Welch, three words come to mind. They are wisdom, vision and integrity. John is a leader. We first met at the beginning of this century while he was pastor of the historic Bid well Presbyterian Church in the Manchester area of Pittsburgh and I was pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church on North Avenue. John’s wisdom was evident in his ability to analyze, describe and prescribe amid the violence, poverty and crime of our urban setting. His wisdom helped me determine to join his efforts to bring justice to our city. His wisdom helped us all to discern what people of faith and many divergent faiths could do to work together to bring healing and hope.His leadership of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) evidenced his wisdom."

    Rev. Ron Wanless
    Retired United Methodist Pastor
  • When asked, recently, who will get my vote in the upcoming race, without reservation I told the person that I will be casting my vote for John C. Welch in the mayoral primary on Tuesday May 16th 2017. Why? Because more than just being a hopeful running for political office, I am convinced John is the leader we need in City Hall, right now, to lead Pittsburgh in fulfilling its promise of being the most livable city, for all current and future Pittsburghers. Everyone knows Pittsburgh is a city of bridges; but not everyone can build bridges. Check John’s background and track record and you will agree with me that he has the experience, education, expertise as well as the ethics to bridge the divides and gaps impeding Pittsburgh socially, economically, educationally and politically. John’s vision for Pittsburgh, in effect, will put Pittsburgh on the path to unity, affordability, sustainability, inclusivity, prosperity and equity for all. Let me hasten to say that this is more than a campaign, it is a movement - a people’s movement. A movement that we expect will inspire others to become the new generation of politicians, legislators, officials, policymakers and representatives; and in so doing, bring about our preferred future of Pittsburgh.

    When asked, recently, who will get my vote in the upcoming race, without reservation I told the person that I will be casting my vote for John C. Welch in the mayoral primary on Tuesday May 16th 2017. Why? Because more than just being a hopeful running for political office, I am convinced John is the leader we need in City Hall, right now, to lead Pittsburgh in fulfilling its promise of being the most livable city, for all current and future Pittsburghers. Everyone knows Pittsburgh is a city of bridges; but not everyone can build bridges. Check John’s background and track record and you will agree with me that he has the experience, education, expertise as well as the ethics to bridge the divides and gaps impeding Pittsburgh socially, economically, educationally and politically. John’s vision for Pittsburgh, in effect, will put Pittsburgh on the path to unity, affordability, sustainability, inclusivity, prosperity and equity for all. Let me hasten to say that this is more than a campaign, it is a movement - a people’s movement. A movement that we expect will inspire others to become the new generation of politicians, legislators, officials, policymakers and representatives; and in so doing, bring about our preferred future of Pittsburgh.

    Rev. Rodney Lyde
    Pastor Baptist Temple Church
  • Politics in the city of Pittsburgh will never find a better person to be at the vanguard of leadership than in John C. Welch. He is always ready to listen, cooperate and take necessary actions to make our society a better place. When you vote for Rev. Welch, you vote for a brighter future for all.

    Politics in the city of Pittsburgh will never find a better person to be at the vanguard of leadership than in John C. Welch. He is always ready to listen, cooperate and take necessary actions to make our society a better place. When you vote for Rev. Welch, you vote for a brighter future for all.

    Imam AbduSemi’h Tádése
    Director of Religious Affairs
  • As the citizens of Pittsburgh, let us gather together and demand justice from our city officials. We need our city politicians on our side for support and guidance in all matters at hand facing our city and our economic future. How do we the people conduct our labor with a spirit of joy and enthusiasm. Our elected leaders must have a desire to find ways to excel in efforts to obtain a good and just economic system for all who call Pittsburgh home. We the citizens need to work together in solidarity with our elected officials and encourage each other to excellence as we move forward together for the good of our great city. We simply ask that our city leaders base their decisions on a sense of justice and fair play. With all wisdom and justice, one of our citizens has taken up this call. John C. Welch is able to lead us forward in this worthy and just cause.

    As the citizens of Pittsburgh, let us gather together and demand justice from our city officials. We need our city politicians on our side for support and guidance in all matters at hand facing our city and our economic future. How do we the people conduct our labor with a spirit of joy and enthusiasm. Our elected leaders must have a desire to find ways to excel in efforts to obtain a good and just economic system for all who call Pittsburgh home. We the citizens need to work together in solidarity with our elected officials and encourage each other to excellence as we move forward together for the good of our great city. We simply ask that our city leaders base their decisions on a sense of justice and fair play. With all wisdom and justice, one of our citizens has taken up this call. John C. Welch is able to lead us forward in this worthy and just cause.

    Rev. Ken Love
    Vice President Pa. Fair Trade Coalition
  • I have known John Welch for over 20 years now as a treasured friend, esteemed member of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, and a devoted parent, and I heartily endorse his candidacy for mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, and as a respected civic leader for the region as a whole. As a gay parent and former student at PTS, I remember with great pride how steadfastly John supported inclusion of LGBT rights at a time when that was a difficult thing to do years ago. His steady hand, his gifts as a person who can readily relate to and care for people from virtually any segment of society, and his gentle, but firm manner of standing up for what he believes and for human values, make him an outstanding candidate for the mayoral office at a time when the City of Pittsburgh and an advocate for the Pittsburgh region as a whole, when both are facing many challenges and choices as the future evolves.

    I have known John Welch for over 20 years now as a treasured friend, esteemed member of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, and a devoted parent, and I heartily endorse his candidacy for mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, and as a respected civic leader for the region as a whole. As a gay parent and former student at PTS, I remember with great pride how steadfastly John supported inclusion of LGBT rights at a time when that was a difficult thing to do years ago. His steady hand, his gifts as a person who can readily relate to and care for people from virtually any segment of society, and his gentle, but firm manner of standing up for what he believes and for human values, make him an outstanding candidate for the mayoral office at a time when the City of Pittsburgh and an advocate for the Pittsburgh region as a whole, when both are facing many challenges and choices as the future evolves.

    Don Hammonds
    Mental Health Chaplain
  • As a student of Rev. Dr. John Welch, he has taught me the power of being a graceful leader. His gracefulness does not presume authority over others, but empowers the people around him to realize their potential. As Dean at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he empowers his students by listening with genuine care and mentoring them to be leaders in their community. Dr. Welch has listened to my passions with attentiveness and has led me to uncover my best self so that I may fully contribute to those around me. For Pittsburgh, this means that his leadership is ruled by an ethic of love, and his politics reveal the city’s highest potential because he is rooted in the experience individual citizens. I find his type of leadership encouraging to me and for the other Millennials of my generation.

    As a student of Rev. Dr. John Welch, he has taught me the power of being a graceful leader. His gracefulness does not presume authority over others, but empowers the people around him to realize their potential. As Dean at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he empowers his students by listening with genuine care and mentoring them to be leaders in their community. Dr. Welch has listened to my passions with attentiveness and has led me to uncover my best self so that I may fully contribute to those around me. For Pittsburgh, this means that his leadership is ruled by an ethic of love, and his politics reveal the city’s highest potential because he is rooted in the experience individual citizens. I find his type of leadership encouraging to me and for the other Millennials of my generation.

    Ben Rumbaugh
    Duel Degree Senior Pittsburgh Theological Seminary/Carnegie-Mellon University


JOHN C. WELCH MAYORAL CANDIDATE

 


PO Box 100216

 

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

 

Phone: 412-228-0279

 

Email: johnwelchmayoralcandidate@gmail.com