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. Throughout the residency 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



 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