1st Gethsemane Baptist

I first encountered Ward Utterback of Welcoming Touch Ministries, Inc. as we were both presenters at the Annual Kingdom Growth conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was so impressed by his sincere upfront challenge to congregations creating a greater environment of hospitality that I was led to invite this splendid ministry (and man) to our church-wide leadership retreat.

My expectations were met and exceeded. We now greet guests not visitors. Our Security Team, Greeters, and Ushers ministries have a heightened awareness of their critical role in being the first contacts for all who attend our services and events. Our historically African American but rapidly becoming more multicultural congregation has been known to be a friendly fellowship has moved to a new level of genuine openness of all who attend.

I recommend this God-ordained ministry with much enthusiasm. This presentation is well-suited for congregations of all sizes, backgrounds, denominational affiliations, who affirm Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation.

Dr. T. Vaughn Walker
Senior Pastor
First Gethsemane Baptist Church
Louisville, KY.