Lead Pastor / Elder
Gabe Dodd fell in love with church planting in college when he worked summer staff for three summers for a group called PowerPlant. The group traveled across the country doing week long camps where they connected youth groups to church planters in the certain city. Through this experience, Gabe fell in love with church planting and all that it stood for. September of 2012, Gabe and his wife, Bre, resigned as student pastor and told the Lord they would plant anywhere. After much praying and traveling to the Northwest, God led them to Dahlonega, Ga. They are very early into the plant but are very expectant that God will do incredible things and draw many to Him. They are partnered with the Chattahoochee Baptist Association and the North American Mission Board as a SEND church planter. They have four children, Aubryn, Grady, Emmerson, and Caralee.
Worship Leader / Elder
Matthew graduated from North Georgia University with an art degree in 2012 and has since been leading worship for various churches. During that time he felt a strong call toward church planting as an effective method to reach the unreached and share the good news of the gospel. The Branch will be the second church he has helped plant, and he's excited to see how the Lord uses it to reach the community of Dahlonega, Ga.
Before joining the staff at The Branch, Ricky Bowers worked as a special needs teacher in North Georgia. He has also worked closely with churches and ministries serving the youth in his community for several . Ricky and his wife, Laura, believe in the mission of The Branch and are excited to make known in Dahlonega the gospel of Jesus Christ. They look forward to meeting with you and sharing in your spiritual growth while at The Branch.
Since coming on staff at The Branch Church, Kyle Worthy has become even more convinced of the importance of the local church, and the role college students play in advancing the gospel. Kyle hopes to learn how to equip the church to be everyday missionaries in whatever context the Lord places them in. Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, are excited to serve at The Branch in Dahlonega, while eagerly looking forward to going out and planting The Branch Milledgeville this Fall.
Dylan Richards is an intern at The Branch Church. He is currently attending the University of North Georgia pursuing a degree in Accounting. He is also a member of the Georgia National Guard. Dylan and his wife, Macie, began coming to The Branch Church in 2015. They are excited to serve the church that drew them closer to the Lord, and they pray that He would use them to share the love of Christ with the Dahlonega community.
Children's Ministry Intern
Madison Taylor is a senior at the University of North Georgia, seeking a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She discovered her passion for seeing children grow in the gospel through serving in Children's Ministry as a teenager, and her time as a camp counselor. Madison, simply put, just loves people. You'll be sure to never leave a conversation without a hug and an invite to have coffee! She is excited to see families come together and grow together through discipleship found at The Branch Kids.
College Campus Intern
Sydney Cardell is an intern at The Branch Church. She is currently attending the University of North Georgia pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in Leadership in Society. Sydney has been involved with The Branch Church for two years and has seen God use it to grow her heart for missions and missional living. She is excited to see how the Father continues to work in the hearts of Dahlonega and grow community between the college campus and the residents of Lumpkin County for the purpose of glorifying Christ and reaching the lost.