Minister Chantell Welch
Chantell Welch was raised in Albany, New York with her mother and younger brother. At the age of 15, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she lived with her father and her step-mother. This move from Albany to Atlanta was one of great transition for Chantell and one where she now considers Atlanta to be her home.
A 2000 graduate of Georgia State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Chantell has gained professional experience working as an operations branch manager for a local bank in Atlanta as well as a financial analyst for Allstate Insurance Company. While a career path in Finance is where she started, Chantell’s path quickly shifted to Real Estate with a focus in Affordable Housing Management, where for the past 15 years she has worked with helping others by providing and managing Affordable Housing projects. Chantell has worked alongside her husband as a part owner of a successful Real Estate and Property Management company, Horizonz Realty, Inc. In this role, Chantell oversaw and managed several affordable housing projects working with city, government and non-profit organizations throughout the City of Atlanta and surrounding areas. Just recently, Chantell has expanded her Affordable Housing Real Estate career into the government sector and is now currently working with the City of Atlanta in the Department of Grants and Community Development.
Chantell has also worked in the entertainment industry as a commercial actress and model, working with several companies such as Chick-Fil-A, AT&T, Georgia Power and just recently can be seen in a national print ad for Coca-Cola, just to name a few.
While ministry was not the calling Chantell thought she had for her life, her call to Ministry was clear to her when it came. Chantell was invited to attend service at Hillside International Truth Center on her birthday in 2001. At this time in her life, Chantell was seeking a spiritual home and after her first visit to Hillside, she knew she had found it. It was not until the summer of 2015, that her call to ministry came after a period of fasting and reflection.
Chantell entered the Barbara King School of Ministry with her husband of 19 years, Edward, eager to grow more in her own spirituality as well as in ministering to others. Her two children, Imani and Layla, also joined this journey of ministry, absorbing and learning the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic along with their mom. After Ordination in 2018 by Bishop Barbara Lewis King, Chantell has expanded her ministry by providing pastoral counseling with homeless youth as well youth transitioning out of Foster Care (DFCS), supporting them in discovering their own divinity and divine purpose, living their best lives NOW. Chantell previously served as the Director of the Christ Conscious Kids Club (Sunday School) for Hillside International Truth Center and was one an Associate Minister delivering the Lesson In Living at the 8AM and 10AM services quarterly at Hillside International Truth Center.
Chantell favorite bible scripture that she holds dear to her heart is Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and rely not on your own wisdom. In all ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”