Pastor Dale Welch has been ministering in the tri-city area (Marinette, Menominee and Peshtigo), since 1979. Pastor Welch attended Apostolic Bible Institute (ABI) in St. Paul, MN, a Bible college associated with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). His wife, Barbara Welch, attended Conquerors Bible College and works part-time as a paraprofessional at Park Elementary School. She is also the Sunday School superintendent for PAC Peshtigo.
Associate Pastor Joseph Martinez has been in the tri-city area since January of 1998. During this time, he has been involved in several different ministries, such as Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Home Bible Study Instructor as well as teaching and preaching. Associate Pastor Martinez has completed his studies and requirements to be licensed as a Minister with the UPCI. His wife, Nicole Martinez, has been involved in Sunday School ministry.
Bethany Welch has a Master's Degree in Translation from UW-Milwaukee, specializing in Spanish and German translation. She teaches English Language Learners for the Marinette School District, and also teaches Spanish at University of Wisconsin-Marinette.
Deaf Ministry Coordinator
Assisstant Youth Leader
We believe that repentance is essential to salvation, as indicated in Luke 13:5 and Acts 2:38. Repentance is defined as a complete turning away from sin and toward God. In scripture, repentance requires the repentant sinner to take the next biblical steps toward forgiveness and reconciliation to God: water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is a second essential component of our doctrine. In scripture, we recognize an indispensable need for baptism, citing John 3:5, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38 and Matthew 28:19. Also, in Matthew 3:13–17 there is evidence that even Jesus himself was baptized. Biblical baptism is complete immersion in water, completed in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
We embrace the view that speaking in tongues is the immediate, outward, observable, and audible evidence of the initial infilling of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor. 14:22, Acts 2:33, and is the fulfillment of Jesus' commandment to be "born of the Spirit" in John 3:5. As defined by the church, speaking in tongues constitutes speaking in a language that one has never learned before,as the spirit gives the utterance, Acts chapter 2, and can be given to all regardless of race, culture, or language.
13. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John,
to be baptized of him.
14. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they
were all with one accord in one place.
2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.