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Who We Are

our leadership

Earl Welch


Having grown up in church yet missing Jesus until in my early teens, I want everyone to know Jesus in real and personal ways. My desire is for Bel-Ridge to be the church outside the walls making a difference in the community.

On the personal front, I enjoy being with my wife and daughters: Angela, Lauren and Hannah. We enjoy camping, kayaking, and hiking (and other outdoor activities). And in our home, almost any and everything can and will be turned into a fierce competition! I also enjoy plucking on my guitar, building models and coveting old cars.

Chris Wyatt

Student and Worship Pastor

I've been married to my wife, Robin, for 15 years. We have three children: Caylah, Noah and Lily. I love investing into the lives of people. I get great joy out of seeing God at work in the lives of others and helping them find a place to put their gifts into action while serving the Kingdom. I love hanging out with young people and seeing them grow up to lead. I lead the Worship Ministries Team at Bel-Ridge, and I am blessed to serve alongside of an amazing and growing group of musicians, singers, actors and dancers who worship God with their whole lives.

Trey Bales

Children's Ministry Director

I am married to Amy and we have a daugter named Katie. I am a graduate of NAHS and USC-Aiken. I work for Amedisys Home Health as a Recruitment Manager. I serve on the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, and as the Director of Children's Activities. Hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, softball with my daughter, and Gamecock sports.

Debbie Yon

Administrative Assistant

I am grateful to God that I was born and raised into a Christian home. I am also a PK (aka: Preacher Kid). I accepted Christ as my Saviour at the age of 9. My husband and I have been married for 27 years and have two grown children. We are members of Calvary Baptist Church of Graniteville, SC. I have served as an Ministry Assistant since 1979 and at Bel-Ridge since 2003.

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