Speaker: Welby O'Brien

Welby O'Brien

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Philippians 3:20
“Blessed is the one whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.” ~ Psalms 84:5

Married, Mother of 1
Hobbies: playing piano, singing, graphic design, running/hiking/fitness, pets, health and nutrition.
Believer Since: 1963
Ministry: LOVE OUR VETS - PTSD Family Support Network, and Upward Journey Ministries
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Phone: 503.254.8157
Websites: www.welbyo.com   www.LoveOurVets.org

Ministry Specialties

Ministry leaders: How to minister to those wounded by divorce; How to minister to those facing grief; How to minister to families of veterans and those with PTSD. General Church Body: Survival Checklist for Times of Stress; Ministering to those experiencing divorce, grief or PTSD. Women: Enjoy the Journey- living in the midst of pain, fear and the storms of life.

Mission Statement

To encourage and equip those in need, and to equip and encourage those who will minister to them. People are hurting, stressed and need the Lord, first for salvation and then for the journey. I desire to be used by God to help people draw closer to Him, to passionately pursue relationship with Jesus Christ in the storms, questions and in the pain; and to be a spring of His love, truth and grace to thirsty souls.

Ministry Background

Speaking (retreats, church groups, women, conferences, ministry leaders, chaplains, seminary students, families of veterans, singles), teaching (one-on-one, elementary, high school, college), writing (books, blogs, columns, articles, book reviews), music (piano, singing, children's choir, directing musicals), and women’s ministry.

Professional Background

Speaking, teaching, writing, counseling, corporate consulting, career coaching, activities director for retirement center, tutoring, piano teacher.

Educational Background

Master’s Degree in Counseling from Portland State University; Education Degree from Biola University.

Professional / Ministry Associations

Founder and Author of LOVE OUR VETS – PTSD Family Support; Speak Up Speaker Services (Carol Kent); Northwest Christian Speakers Bureau.

Speaking Level

Experienced (26+ events)

Speaking Experience

American Association of Christian Counselors conferences (AACC),  Healthcare Chaplains, Multnomah Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Western Seminary (Portland: Women in Pain, ministry leaders), Western Seminary (San Jose), Women in Leadership Conference, Association of Christian School International conferences (ACSI), Arrowhead Springs, Mt. Hermon,  Tillikum Retreat Center, Healthcare Chaplains of America, Wycliffe Bible Translators, International Association of Police Chaplains, Women’s retreats; singles conferences, single parents conferences, singles ministry leaders conferences, etc...


Available upon request.



  • LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books)
  • Formerly a Wife (WingSpread Publishers) - Divorce Survival Guide
  • Good-Bye for Now (WingSpread Publishers) - Practical Grief Support Guide.
  • Contributing author to Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody Press) and Chicken Soup for the Soul (Divorce and Recovery), and Ripples of Joy.



  • Ask Welby (Valley Citizen)
  • Living Solo Book Reviews


  • Dr. Laura website
  • Living Solo Magazine
  • Alliance Life
  • Oregon Counselor
  • Focus on the Family Magazine

Current Presentations/Tapes/Videos


(All topics below are available either for conferences or individually for classes or special events; for additional topics or to customize a conference, contact Welby.)

Love Our Vets, Love Ourselves:  21 Ways to Avoid Burnout
For all who have a veteran or someone with PTSD  in their lives, and need wisdom and support for everyday life…this is the light in the dark you have been waiting for!  How do I love my vet and also take care of me?  Here is hope and help from those who also live it every day.  Also ideal for counselors and clinicians who work with veterans and their families.

Reaching Out to Those with PTSD and Their Loved Ones: What We Can Do to Help
Don’t wait until you think you can do it perfectly.  The need for compassion, support and encouragement is long overdue! Welby shares ten practical ways anyone can minister to those who struggle with PTSD, and their loved ones who are also deeply impacted by the trauma.

HELP! Someone Please Unplug the Treadmill!  Survival Checklist for Times of Stress
Life is crazy!!!  Just in time before you go crazy, Welby leads an upbeat session providing a life-saving checklist to enhance personal survival and growth during times of loss, pain or the stress of everyday life.
A Shoulder To Cry On: Providing Support in the Valley of Divorce
Welby bares her heart as she equips people to compassionately encourage and offer help in practical ways to those recovering from the devastation of divorce.
Good-bye for Now:  Growing and Comforting Others in Grief
What do we do when someone else loses a loved one?  What about when we ourselves grieve? Welby compassionately offers practical informative help from 3 perspectives: dealing with your own grief, helping someone else through their grief, and preparing for your own Home-going.
Shelter in the Storm: 3 Promises of Hope
When life is overwhelming and there is no place to run, what can we hold on to, and what can we do? Hear powerful and encouraging truths to carry us all through the storms of life.


  1. Fulfillment for the Single Heart (Western Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning)
  2. Providing Support in the Valley of Divorce (Western Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning)
  3. Help! Someone Please Unplug the Treadmill - Survival Checklist for Times of Stress


Preferences and Constraints

Speaking Types

  • Conferences
  • Women's Groups
  • Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Keynote

Speaking Availability

  • Days
  • Evenings
  • Weekends
  • Local
  • Regional
  • National
  • International

Fee Requirements

  • Love Offering
  • Usually under $500
  • Usually over $500
  • Accepts your usual fee
  • Flexible

Special Needs

  • Lodging
  • Travel
  • Dietary


  • Women
  • Mixed
  • Male
  • College
  • Career
  • Youth

Audience Size

  • Small groups (less than 50)
  • Medium (50-100)
  • Large (100-150)
  • Very Large (over 500)

"Would love to talk with you. Happy to send a CD. God bless you!"