Michael Gene Welch, better known as Mr. Mike or Pastor Mike, 64, was welcomed into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Bellville. Mike was born in Oakdale, La., to Vernon Gene and Marilyn (Harper) Welch on Nov. 6, 1953. He graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1972, and attended the University of Houston, where he majored in Football, Basketball and Music. Little did he know he would receive a degree in “Helping Others.”
Mike’s first love was music. Actually, his first love was his Savior, Jesus Christ, and being blessed with a talent for music. Mike’s second first love proved to be the stepping stone to his ministry in the Sealy area. A big man, with a heart that was bigger than him, he served his Lord every day and in every way. He brought laughter, joy and peace to all that would come in contact with him. His ministry included coaching in the Little League in Sealy and assisting in coaching other sports. He was the youth pastor at The Shepherd’s Way Church in Sealy where he ministered to hundreds of children in Sealy and the surrounding area. He also was a mentor to the Sealy High School coaching staff.
But Mike’s life was truly fulfilled by his music. He led the Worship and Praise Group at The Shepherd’s Way Church, and had a fantastic way of opening up the Sunday service and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill the sanctuary.
His choice of music, and the songs he wrote, could move an entire congregation to their feet, clapping and praising the Lord.
Big Mike, Mr. Mike or Pastor Mike, however you remember him, always put Jesus Christ first and allowed Jesus Christ to provide for his family and all of his needs. For a big man, his voice was soft, and his words where kind. He was never too busy to stop and visit, or lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife, Stacie (Lalonde) Welch, whom he married on May 8, 1999, in San Felipe, Texas, at the home of her parents. This union produced a son: Beau Welch. Mike is also survived by two daughters: Meagan Scanlon and her husband, Kelly of Lakeway, Texas, and Misty Wolf and her husband, Chris of La Pine, Ore.; a son: James Michael Welch of Dallas; and grandchildren: Brenden Wolf, Cortney Wolf, Savannah Scanlon and Rilee Scanlon. He is also survived by his mother: Marilyn Welch of Somerville; sister, Wendy Magnuson of Somerville; and two brothers: Bob Welch and his wife, Mindy of League City, and Charles Welch of Somerville; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral Services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at The Shepherd Way Church in Sealy, Texas with Pastor Frank Lucas, officiating. Interment followed in the Sealy Cemetery, Sealy, Texas.
Pallbearers were John Smith, Dean McWhorter, Parker Salinas, Mark Bonacorsco, Dawson Fogley, Zack Magnuson, Mitchell Lalonde and Mike Newhouse.
Memorials may be made in Mike’s name to The Shepherd Way Church, Youth Ministry, 1225 Eagle Lake Road, Sealy, Texas 77418
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979) 865-2424 www.schmidtfunerals.com.