As of March 7, the transition and succession process has begun for Alex Wickell to become our next Lead Pastor. On March 28, the partners of our church will have the opportunity to affirm this by voting. At this point, Pastor Alex would join Pastor Robbie as a Lead Pastor at our church. Pastor Robbie will continue to preach and provide oversight, coaching, and pastoral care. Pastor Alex will take a more direct leadership role with preaching and staff. After more than 30 years in pastoral ministry, Robbie plans to step away for a season in his role as a pastor. Robbie will continue to serve God with all of his heart, mind, soul, and strength no matter how God unfolds His next vocational steps for Robbie. He will be officially ending his role on staff here at The Branch on Sunday, June 27.
First and foremost, know that Robbie considers one of the greatest joys and privileges of his life to have been starting a church from scratch with a few good friends and watch God grow something as healthy and strong as The Branch. He absolutely loves our church. He could not be more excited about what God has already done, what he is currently doing, and what he has in store for the future. Robbie could not be prouder of all that God has done in and through this church over the years. And now to confidently leave it in the hands of such strong leadership as Alex and our Elders- it truly doesn’t get much better than this. He is incredibly confident that God has even greater things in store for The Branch as we walk boldly into the future.
While this change is bittersweet for many of us, we are fully confident that Pastor Alex is the leader God has raised up for this next season of our church. We also have an incredible staff team that stands ready to lead us into an even greater future. Alex Wickell has demonstrated tremendous dedication and leadership abilities in serving our church since the very beginning of the Branch, and we have no doubt that he will be a capable, strong and gracious leader as our church continues to grow and flourish. The elders and Robbie truly believe that Alex is the man that God has called to lead the Branch into the next season.
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