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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Shelly Welsh

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Shelly Welsh
Shelly Welsh

Church Engagement Manager
Joni and Friends
Dublin, CA

Shelly started practicing Family Therapy in 1999. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently she is the Church Engagement Manager with Joni and Friends, Bay Area where she gets the privilege to communicate the Gospel to Christ honoring churches to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. Shelly is also a mom of two teenagers, one of whom is affected by an Intellectual Disability with a Speech and Language Disorder. Shelly loves working for Joni and Friends where she can combine sharing the Gospel, ministering to those affected by disability and Counseling with Christ at the Center. She has worked within many areas of crisis and struggle including marriage, parenting, family dynamics, women’s issues, trauma, anxiety, mental illness, disability and much more. She also developed and lead a successful disability ministry at her previous church so that people of all abilities can hear the words and promises of Christ.

2020 Workshops

Special Needs: Disability Ministry: Reaching the Whole Family


In this class we will be talking about reaching the entire family affected by disability. We will learn how to just "Do Life Together" and embrace the entire family with support, love and acceptance. We will discuss practical ways to help achieve this such as respite, parent support groups, typical sibling support groups and more. Families affected by disability should be able to become an integral part of the church's rich tapestry. These families not only can be served, but have many God given gifts and talents and desire to also use those gifts and talents to serve within their church families.