St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (PCA) opened in 1983 with two goals: to stand for Biblical truth and be mission-minded. Dr. Welden began serving as their senior pastor in 2006 and recalls how warm and inviting the church was to him and his family. He recalls what lead the church to their capital campaign saying, “You had this beautiful facility, and right beside it were some doublewide trailers where our youth met and had their services” and the congregation wanted to find a way to bring them up to the main building. As they began to discuss that, other projects came up and soon they found themselves with a list of multiple projects including The Great Hall, Student Center, Worship and Arts Suite, and extensive renovations to the Sanctuary, Children’s Ministry area and offices.
They began looking for a firm “…I knew it would be more stressful and we would raise less money if we attempted to this ourselves. Plus, I could keep my focus on pastoral ministry,” said Dr. Welden. The church narrowed down and eventually interviewed three different firms. Dr. Welden recalls choosing Impact Stewardship “…Impact Stewardship seemed the most interested in working within our “quirky” culture, (of which I bring the majority of that) and would not compromise my leadership style and spiritual giftedness”
Despite the economy being “a mess” during the stewardship emphasis the congregation gave sacrificially. Dr. Welden was emphatic that the church would not see this as a campaign that has a beginning and an end. But, rather “…this would be a season of concentrated giving that would begin building sustainable stewardship and giving for the life of the church”. The people of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church enjoyed completed their building in 2012 and they invited Impact Stewardship back for a second campaign. When thinking back to the campaign Dr. Welden says, “What we experienced was a well-organized, well thought out step-by-step training, prayer driven, spiritual journey of challenge and education which was sensitive to my concerns as the Pastor and our church culture.”