Edward T. Welch
By Elisa Hurley
I. Known for:
Edward T. Welch M.Div., Ph.D. or better known as Ed Welch, is known for being a biblical counselor and author of many well-known Christian books, his most popular being When People are Big and God is Small.
Dr. Ed Welch grew up in a Christian home with a believing father who struggled with depression and had to be hospitalized on and off throughout his childhood. Although, Welch grew up in a Christian home, he was not interested in the Christian life. In an interview with IBCD, he said, “Throughout most of my life I believed that the facts were true, I believed that Jesus was the Messiah and I believed that He came to conquer death, but I didn’t want to follow Him.” It wasn’t until the end of his time in University, when looking at the life ahead of him, things seemed to have less meaning, purpose and depth than he anticipated. Between that and reading through the Scriptures, over the course of a few months he found himself confessing sin and coming to Christ.
Shortly after his conversion, he decided to go to seminary, not necessarily because he wanted a career in ministry, but he knew that no matter what he was going to do he wanted Scripture to be the foundation. “The bible changes people and I wanted to study it more.” His second year at CCF, he took a counseling course, and “it just took me.” Welch said, “I enjoy speaking with people individually, probably more than publicly. It was suited to me.” Because of his interest in counseling, he decided to take a detour into graduate school for a few years and then returned to CCF after that.
Ed Welch went on to earn a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and also a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. He has been working for Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) outside of Philadelphia since 1981, as a teacher, counselor, and writer. About which he said, “I couldn’t imagine a better job. To consider how does this ancient text come alive in our present struggles… to have that as my job description for 35 years and to have people who come to me for counseling. I’ve always found that to be an odd thing that people to simply come to me not even knowing how I am and yet at the same time I’m honored by that and to have an opportunity to see the Spirit working in the details of people’s lives is just invigorating.”
Welch and his wife Sheri have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren.
III. Theological views
Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, that Ed Welch is a part of believes that:
- “The triune God—Father, Son and Spirit—have always known reciprocal fellowship and unity, and he has created us to participate in that fellowship. He welcomes us to himself through Jesus Christ. The Spirit connects us to Jesus, and Jesus is the only way to the Father.”
“The Spirit presses the very word of God into our hearts. He reveals Jesus. In Jesus, we find all wisdom and goodness. No one else can so deeply nurture and sustain us.The Spirit applies Scripture to our hearts. “The Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Cor 2:10)”
- When People are Big and God is Small
- Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection
- Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness
- Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
- A Small Book for the Anxious Heart: Meditations on Fear, Worry, and Trust
- Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave
- Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love
- Caring for One Another: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships
- What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life
- Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests
- A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace
- Crossroads: A Step by Step Guide Away from Addictions
- Blame it on the Brain
- When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety
- Counselor’s Guide to the Brain and Its Disorders: Knowing the Difference Between Disease and Sin
- Motives: Why Do I Do the Things I Do?
- Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down
- ‘Just One More’: When Desires Don’t Take No for an Answer
- Self-Injury: When Pain Feels Good
- D.D: Wandering Minds and Wired Bodies
- Bipolar Disorder – Understanding and Help for Extramem Mood Swings
- Homosexuality: Speaking the Truth in Love
- Eating Disorders: The Quest For Thinness
- Track: Anxiety: A Student’s Guide to Anxiety
- Living With An Angry Spouse: Help For Victims of Abuse
- Desiring God
· Two Underused Strategies for Addiction
· Doubt Your Own Anger
· Six Ordinary Lessons for Mental-Health Issues
· Darkness Does and Will Descend
V. Influence on Biblical Counseling
Edward Welch as an author has written books that are very widely used throughout the biblical counseling movement. He is also a speaker at biblical counseling conferences and assists in training younger biblical counselors.
CCEF. “About us.” https://www.ccef.org/people/ed-welch/. Accessed April 23, 2020
CCEF. “Ed Welch.” https://www.ccef.org/people/ed-welch/. Accessed April 23, 2020
Welch, Edward T., “Interview with Ed Welch.” Interview by Jim Newheiser and Bob Goudzwaard, IBCD Website, Date accessed: April 23, 2020.
YouTube. “CCEF’s Ed Welch shares why he studied depression.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLugnOKNlVA. August 22, 2013
- External Links
 Edward T. Welch, “Interview with Ed Welch.” Interview by Jim Newheiser and Bob Goudzwaard, IBCD Website, accessed: April 23, 2020.