Farmers Branch Campus

3035 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75234

Sunday
9:00 am (Traditional)
10:45 am (Contemporary)

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Vista Ridge Campus

3601 Huffines Blvd.
Carrollton, TX 75010

Thursday  Sunday
6:45 pm    9:15 am
   11:00 am

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Elders

These are our elders and their wives. The elders are the leaders of our church and provide oversight for the congregation. As servant leaders, they aren’t just setting policy and making rules, they are also responsible for:

  • Caring for those that are hurting
  • Mentoring those longing to grow spiritually
  • Equipping future leaders

Don’t hesitate to contact them or approach them on the weekends! Allow God to use them as shepherds in your life.

Gary and Rhonda BraughGary and Rhonda Braugh
Shepherding Council, Vista Ridge Campus
Ordained 2017
Term Ends 2021

Bio to come...

Contact Gary at Gary.Braugh@thebranchchurch.org

Ron and Mary Beth CashRon and Mary Beth Cash
Shepherding Council, Farmers Branch Campus
Ordained 1997, 2002, 2009, 2016
Term Ends 2020

Ron joined The Branch in 1978 and Mary Beth in 1968. They were married in 1980. Ron owns his own business, Cash Upholstery, and Mary Beth works as a medical transcriptionist at Cooper Clinic. They have three daughters, a son and two granddaughters. Ron and Mary Beth have served as volunteers in Pioneer Clubs and VBS and have been small group leaders.

Contact Ron at Ron.Cash@thebranchchurchchurch.org

Chris and Kelly LeverettChris and Kelly Leverett
Shepherding Council, Vista Ridge Campus
Ordained 2016
Term Ends 2020

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Bio to come...

Contact Chris at Chris.Leverett@thebranchchurch.org

Bruce and Deana LongBruce and Deana Long
Shepherding Council, Vista Ridge Campus
Ordained 2016
Term Ends 2020

Bruce and Deana Long have been attending The Branch since they moved from South Dakota to Dallas in 2003. They have been married since 1983 and have three children: Joel, Jonah, and Lydia. Bruce has a seminary degree and leads the distance education program at Dallas Christian College. Deana has a Masters in Math Education and teaches at Creekview High School as well as some adjunct college teaching. Bruce has served in Big Time and led small groups. Deana has regularly taught in Kids Branch. They are also excited to be a part of the Marriage Mentors ministry.

Contact Bruce at Bruce.Long@thebranchchurch.org

Doug and Jan NashDoug and Jan Nash

Shepherding Council, Farmers Branch Campus
Governance Council

Ordained 2010, 2015
Term Ends 2019

Doug and Jan Nash joined The Branch in 2002. They have been married 31 years. Doug works at Provista as a director of sales. Jan is a retired elementary school teacher. Their past volunteer work includes facilitating the Crown Financial Ministries classes, Small Group leaders, teaching in Kids Branch and VBS, as well as serving on the Elder Council.

Contact Doug at Doug.Nash@thebranchchurch.org

Ryan and Cheri NienstadtRyan and Cheri Nienstadt
Shepherding Council, Farmers Branch Campus
Ordained 2012, 2017
 
Term Ends 2021

Ryan and Cheri have been members of The Branch since 2004. They are both 1993 graduates of Abilene Christian University, and were married in December that same year. Ryan is co-owner of Abrock Pest Management, and Cheri was a fourth grade teacher until 2001. She now home schools their two girls, Faith and Hannah. Cheri has been involved with Ladies Bible Study since 2005, and they spent several years as Small Group leaders.

Contact Ryan at Ryan.Nienstadt@thebranchchurch.org

Tom and Angie PittsTom and Angie Pitts
Shepherding Council, Farmers Branch Campus
Ordained 2010, 2017
Term Ends 2021

After attending The Branch in the 1980's and moving away, Tom and Angie came back to The Branch in August of 1996, and have remained active in the worship and children's ministries since that time. They have four children: Jaron and his wife, Rebekah, who both serve on The Branch staff; Christel and her husband, Jay; Tymon and his wife, Jennifer who live in New Zealand; and Zachary who works security at The Branch. They also have three grandchildren: Makayla, Brynley, and Ellie. Tom works in IT for Rushmore Loan Management Services and teaches private music lessons. Angie is an administrative assistant at Turnage and Co. They both sing in the 9:00 am service at the Farmers Branch Campus.

Contact Tom at Tom.Pitts@thebranchchurch.org

Mark and Kay PopeMark and Kay Pope
Shepherding Council, Farmers Branch Campus
Ordained 2016
Term Ends 2020

Bio to come...

Contact Mark at Mark.Pope@thebranchchurch.org

Bryan and Kathy RifeBryan and Kathy Rife
Shepherding Council, Vista Ridge Campus
Governance Council

Ordained 2015
 
Term Ends 2019

Bryan and Kathy have been married since 1986. Their children are Aubrey, Dianna, Matt, and daughter-in-law, Grace. Bryan graduated from the University of Texas and is an air traffic controller. Kathy graduated from the University of North Texas and works in the hospitality industry. They have volunteered as greeters, small group leaders and have actively participated in Go projects. Bryan plays bass on the worship team and Kathy volunteers in the kitchen for Celebrate Recovery. They are learning to enjoy being empty nesters as their youngest, Dianna, is in college.

Contact Bryan at Bryan.Rife@thebranchchurch.org

Jason and Kimberley SchumacherJason and Kimberley Schumacher
Shepherding Council, Farmers Branch Campus
Governance Council

Ordained 2016
Term Ends 2020

Jason and Kimberly joined The Branch in 2004.  They met at Abilene Christian and were married in 2000.  Jason and Kimberly have been leading a Small Group at The Branch since 2005, as well as volunteering in Kids Branch in multiple roles. Additionally, they have helped with Spotlight and VBS in the past and were involved in the One to Grow On capital campaign.  Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom to their three children Jack, Johnny and Annie.  Jason is a transactional and corporate attorney and partner at the law firm of Locke Lord LLP.    Kimberly and Jason have a particular interest in ministering to any parents who have children with special needs and are happy to share their own experiences of parenting through those challenges.

Contact Jason at Jason.Schumacher@thebranchchurch.org

Chris and Tara SeidmanChris and Tara Seidman
Senior Minister
Governance Council

 

Chris has served in Ministry since 1991. He has served in places including, Gateway Church of Christ in Pensacola, FL, Richland Hills Church of Christ in the Ft Worth area and Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene. He has been the Senior Minister here at The Branch since January of 2001. He met his wife Tara during the time they were both attending Abilene Christian University and married her in 1992. They have 3 children, Skyler, Garrison and Cooper.

Contact Chris at cseidman@thebranchchurch.org

Ron and Vonnie WalkerRon and Vonnie Walker
Shepherding Council, Vista Ridge Campus
Governance Council

Ordained 2009, 2014
Term Ends 2018

Ron joined The Branch in 2001, and Vonnie joined in 2003 after moving to Carrollton from Odessa to marry Ron. Ron owns and manages an IT services company (Ronald Walker Associates, Inc.), and Vonnie works for Odyssey Healthcare as a revenue specialist. Their family includes three daughters and a son-in-law: Martha Walker, Traci and husband Romel Rosal, and Lauren Montoya. Ron and Vonnie are also Small Group leaders.

Contact Ron at Ron.Walker@thebranchchurch.org

Clarke WatkinsClarke Watkins
Shepherding Council, Vista Ridge Campus
Ordained 1999, 2004, 2010, 2017
 
Term Ends 2021

Clarke came to The Branch in 1968 and has faithfully served with various ministries, including singles and young marrieds, and has also led and hosted small groups. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Clarke’s wife, Jill, went home to be with Jesus in November of 2013. Their children are Matt; Jared and Curissa; Case and Lauren; and Landon and Sherri Watkins. Their grandchildren are Madison, Cayden, Cannon, and Jayci Watkins.

Contact Clarke at Clarke.Watkins@thebranchchurch.org

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