Lead Pastor

Gabe Dodd is the lead pastor at The Branch Church. He has been in student ministry for five years in Alpharetta and Gainesville, Ga. He 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 Pastor


 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.


Matthew Thomas



Family Pastor

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.


Ricky Bowers



Community Pastor

Kyle Worthy is the community pastor at the Branch Church. Coming into Dahlonega, Kyle knew nothing about collegiate ministry or church planting, but all he is learning has convinced him of the importance of the local church, and the role college students play in advancing the gospel, and the Kingdom of Jesus. 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 next Branch on a collegiate campus in the near future. 


Kyle Worthy


MC's Intern

 Jay Vinson is an intern at The Branch Church. He is currently attending Moody Bible Institute Online pursing a degree in Ministry Leadership. He got introduced to church planting through serving with the North American Mission Board during the summer of 2015 and has been passionate about church planting since. Jay is excited to see what God will do through The Branch Church in Dahlonega and to be apart of future church plants across college campuses around the state of Georgia.


Jay Vinson


MC's Intern

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.  


Dylan Richards


Children's 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.  


Madison Taylor


Youth/Tech Intern

I am Sarah Hoynes! I am 21 years old and currently interning with the branch for youth and tech ministries. I am currently enrolled at UNG for a degree in Studio Art and I plan to illustrate children’s books one day! I love working with youth and seeing how they interact with the Lord. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for the Branch’s youth this year and for all the growth there will be. I also am excited to learn and grow in running sound for the band! It is going to be a great year with a lot of growth! ALSO I am dating the really hot worship pastor…be jealous…I would be too. 


Sarah Hoynes


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.


Sydney Cardell