Welby O’Brien

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Location: Oregon
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Upbeat and solidly spiritual, Welby O’Brien is known for her down-to-earth approach. Active in ministry for over 25 years, Welby has a teaching degree from Biola University and a Master’s degree in counseling. Her books, Good-bye for Now: Practical Help and Personal Hope for Those Who Grieve, and Formerly A Wife have been touching many lives. She is a well received speaker at conferences, ministry training, seminaries, church and social groups, as well as guest on radio and television, including The 700 Club. Her books are currently being used by Focus on the Family, hospital, military and police chaplains, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, counselors, ministers, churches, seminaries, grief support groups and divorce recovery groups nationwide. Welby is part of the Women’s Ministry leadership team at her church, and leads the Single Moms’ Support Group.

Awarded “Christian Single Female of the Year” by Living Solo Magazine, Welby shares a gold mine of insights with singles, women, ministry leaders and all categories of real people. As Welby joyfully radiates God’s wisdom and hope, listeners emerge energized and equipped to be the people God created them to be, and to effectively touch the lives of others.

Some Ministry Highlights:

The 700 Club
AM Northwest
Good Day Oregon
Spirit West Coast
Arrowhead Springs
Tilikum Center for Retreats
Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center
Association of Christian Schools International
Healthcare Chaplains of America
Wycliffe Bible Translators
The Harvest Show
Coast to Coast
Western Seminary
Multnomah Biblical Seminary
American Association of Christian Counselors
Single Adult Ministry Leadership Conference
International Conference of Police Chaplains

Topics include:

1. HELP! Someone Please Unplug the Treadmill!*
Survival Checklist for Times of Stress
An upbeat session providing a 15- item checklist to enhance personal survival and growth during times of loss, pain or the stress of everyday life. More fun than it sounds!
*Holiday/Christmas Version Also Available

2. A Shoulder To Cry On
Providing Support in the Valley of Divorce
Equips people to minister in practical ways to those recovering from the devastation of divorce.

3. Good-bye for Now
Growing and Ministering through Grief
Practical and informative, this session covers 3 perspectives: dealing with your own grief, helping someone else through their grief, and preparing for your own Homegoing.

4. Single and Fulfilled: Is That An Oxymoron?!
Encourages singles to replace the fallacies of singleness in our culture with God’s truth, and then take steps to pursue their God-given purpose in life. Caution: life changing potential!

5. Fill My Stocking, Lord! Solid Hope for Holiday Longings
All of us have longings…emptiness at times…unfulfilled dreams. Discover the secret to waking up every morning to an overflowing stocking.

6. Dear “Dr. Welby…”
Advice for Singles
In a Q and A format, Welby shares some of her favorite columns for singles. The session ends with open question time from the audience

7. Dating and Waiting
God First, Relationships Second
For teens, younger singles or lighthearted not-yet-married’s, this session gives a fun and honest Christian look at the world of dating.

8. Single Parent’s Journey
A Road Trip with Your Kids
Loaded with lots of practical pointers, single parents are encouraged to do all they do in light of who they dream their child could become. And with the Lord, it’s possible to actually enjoy the trip together!

9. Single Parent’s Survival Checklist
A practical checklist will encourage single parents to make healthy choices, not only to survive, but to thrive in the daily challenges. Guaranteed to recharge their batteries!

10. Empty Nest or Birdie Bed ‘n’ Breakfast
Transitioning Gracefully Through Life
Regardless of age, most of us need help adjusting to change. As soon as we get life figured out, change swoops down on us, whisking us out of our comfort zone. Learn some keys to passing through life’s transitions successfully.

11. From Frumpy to Fabulous! (without liposuction)
Be the Woman God Designed You to Be
Whether you need a minor tune-up or major overhaul, all of us can move closer to our God-given potential. A few simple steps applied to every area of life can help you be your best from the inside out!

12. Back On My Feet Again – Growing Strong in the Fallout of a Broken Relationship
Whether divorce, dating or a disappointed dream, the death of a relationship is devastating. Having experienced intense grief from all of these, Welby candidly shares the scriptural and very practical do’s and don’ts of recovering. Discover how to emerge stronger and healthier, and even be able to laugh along the way!

Additional and or customized topics available upon request.


“Over the years, Welby has been an inspiration as one of our retreat center’s regular speakers. She is very popular with our guests because of her enthusiasm, warmth and great sense of humor. Welby’s messages are grounded in her deep understanding of the scriptures. She presents her messages in a clear and engaging manner.”
Bedford Holmes, Director, Tilikum Center for Retreats

“Welby O’Brien has been a popular speaker for the Rolling Hills singles class. Her topics provide not only great insights but also practical ways to apply them to our lives. She engages the audience, and she has a unique way of weaving humor into her talks. Her winsome personality makes her easy to relate to because she shares from her heart. I highly recommend her.”
Karen Anderson, Single Adult Ministry

“Welby O’Brien has spoken for my seminary class for over 10 years, and has been well received as one of the favorite speakers. She communicates to both men and women in a way that shows compassion, connectedness, and practicality. Her sensitivity in telling her own story as well as her commitment to biblical principles brings balance to her audience and wisdom in her approach. I highly recommend Welby.”
Carley Wecks, Dean of Students, Multnomah Biblical Seminary