Scott Welch, M. Div., MA, LMHC, enjoyed a fast-paced career as a youth pastor for over 20 years before he founded FreshStart Church in Tampa Florida where he has been the lead pastor since 1999. Scott has had the privilege of presenting nationally and internationally and has published several articles on adolescent issues.
Scott is a licensed mental health counselor with over 25 years of counseling experience. He is also a certified family mediator with the Supreme Court of Florida and a qualified parent coordinator. Scott is a national trainer for Prepare/Enrich, the world’s leading pre-marital and marital inventory. As a Stronger Families Master Level Trainer Scott presents nationally on empowering couples with proven strategies to enhance communication, build empathy, resolve conflict and rekindle romance. Scott also has level 1 training from the Gottman Institute which assists him in using a research-based road-map to help couples compassionately manage conflicts, deepen intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams. He currently teaches marriage and family counseling and adolescent counseling courses at Trinity College.
Scott and his wife Jenn share a passion for ministry and partner together in multiple ways to advance the kingdom of God. They are the proud parents of 3 and the beaming grandparents of 5. Most Friday nights Scott can be found strumming his acoustic guitar on the pool deck of their home, leading a family sing along while 8 year old daughter, Marina, provides an interpretive dance. Scott is an avid book collector. He re-charges by reading and spending time with his Heavenly Father on long walks.