By Mark Samuels/
The Rev. Frank Welch has captured this year’s top St. Louis Rams Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback grant.
Welch helps lead the Pike County Christian School (PCCS) in Curryville, and pastors Peno Baptist Church just north of Bowling Green. He is also part-time director of missions for the Salt River Baptist Association.
Named in honor of the National Football League team’s late owner, Georgia Frontiere, the grant program recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving the community in which they live.
Along with the recognition comes a charitable donation in Welch’s’ name of $7,500 from the Rams to Pike County Christian School.
Welch and nine other finalists were honored on the field during the St. Louis Rams’ game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 20.
PCCS board president Jim Miller notes Welch’s battles with his health have not affected his peripatetic community involvement.
“Fighting diabetes and having had numerous stints followed by open heart surgery, his physical strength has diminished greatly, but his love for the Lord has empowered him to do great things for the Lord,” Miller said.
“God has given him leadership skills that allow him to orchestrate individuals of all ages and talents to accomplish great feats,” Miller added. “He has a determination that is tenacious, and a commitment to community improvement that is unfailing.”
—Ron Schott of The Vandalia Leader contributed to this story.