Celene Welch was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1995. Prior to becoming a pastor, she was a church musician. She served 8½ years at Carswell Air Force Base as Director of Music for the Protestant congregation. She worked for 7 years at the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
Celene grew up Southern Baptist, but became intrigued with Lutheran worship and theology while studying at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She holds a Master of Music degree from Southwestern and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School (TCU). She also studied at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. For 16 years prior to retirement, she was Lutheran Campus Pastor to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. She lives in Denton near her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons. She is a member of Christ the Servant Lutheran in Denton and Denton Interfaith Community Action.