Pastor Beatrice L. Welborn (affectionately known as “Cookie”), 66, of Bloomfield, CT departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023. She was born on December 31st, 1956 in Hartford, CT. She was the fifth child born to Willie and Ruby (Morris) Welborn.
Pastor Welborn was a student of Hartford Public Schools. After graduating from Hartford High in 1974 she went on to study at Hartford College for Women. She later earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theology & Divinity from Teamer’s School of Religion. In the fall of 2019, Pastor Welborn received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Heart Bible Institute University.
Originally born into a Baptist church, it was at the age of 8 when her mother moved them to St. John’s Full Gospel Deliverance Church, under the leadership of Apostle John E. Wilson. Soon after, at the age of 9, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior. From a young age, Pastor Welborn was a diligent worker in the church. Her works over the years, included but are not limited to, Choir Director, Junior Usher, Junior Missionary, Youth Education Department, Church Historian, Youth Pastor, and the list goes on. Anyone that knew Pastor Welborn knew that she had a love for music; thus, leading her launch of BeaWel Productions in the late 80’s, where she was instrumental in coordinating events that hosted artists from the gospel music industry, such as Shirley Ceasar, Donald Malloy, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Donnie McClurkin.
Additionally, throughout her work for the Lord, she birthed BeaWel Ministries in 2013. She utilized that platform as a Certified Christian Counselor to provide help to those who were wounded and minister to them through her prayer line, Morning Glory. Pastor Welborn was also known to be a very strong supporter of ministries within the Greater Hartford community and beyond.
Pastor Welborn endured many health challenges throughout her life; yet she continued to stand firm in her faith, wholeheartedly believing the word of God. She would often quote one of her favorite scriptures, Psalm 34:19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivered them out of them all!” Pastor Welborn never hesitated to share her testimony and could be found encouraging others with some of her infamous sayings such as, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” and “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up somewhere else.”
She leaves behind to cherish her memories her children, Vernon G. Davis III, Eboni Davis and Ja’Ron Davis; one sister, Thelma Spencer; a brother, Oral Welborn (Rozina) and six grandchildren Diondre, Jeremiah, Joy, Zoe, Jacob and Malachi. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, adopted children, cousins, relatives, godchildren and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Willie and Ruby (Morris) Welborn, and three brothers William Welborn, Ollie Welborn and Isaac Welborn.
A special thank you to her Patient Care Assistant, Leslie Rivers, who went above and beyond to care for Pastor Welborn.