Pastoral Leadership



Ken has been a pastor for 17 years and started NewBranch back in 2008 along with 12 other families. He has been married to Susan for 27 years and together they have four sons (two grown, and two in high school). Ken did his undergraduate work at Georgia Tech, his graduate work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and enjoys reading, golf, and going to the movies with Susan. His primary role as Lead Pastor is preaching and staff leadership.

Contact Ken.


Bowdie Jenkins, Elder

Bowdie is a Gwinnett native. He has been married to Andrea for 20 years and is the father to Jarrett, Blaine and Jacob. In his spare time you can usually find Bowdie on a field or court somewhere watching or coaching one of his boys. Bowdie and Andrea been a part of NewBranch for almost 7 years.

Contact Bowdie.



Kris and his wife Stephanie live in Jefferson with their middle school daughter Katelyn. They both work in Athens and their son, Justin, lives in Athens while attending UGA.  Kris is a Liberty University graduate and some of his hobbies include hunting, fishing, reading theology books, and watching Georgia Football. The Harrison family started worshiping at NewBranch in 2010.

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David and Debbie Settle joined NewBranch Community Church in January 2012. They lead our Welcome/Hospitality Ministry and teach in our Children's Ministry. They have two married daughters and three grandchildren who all live in the metro-Atlanta area. David retired from Southern Company after 40 1/2 years and now enjoys traveling, golf, fishing and refinishing antique furniture.

Contact David



Contact David Bleth

Contact David Bleth

Contact Tyler Recker

Contact Tyler Recker

Contact Earl Turner

Contact Earl Turner

Ministry Leaders

Bruce Thompson Men's Ministry

Bruce Thompson

Men's Ministry

Lori Bleth Women's Ministry

Lori Bleth

Women's Ministry

John Keese Missions 

John Keese


Jonathan Mitchell College & Young Adults and Students

Jonathan Mitchell

College & Young Adults and Students

Tyler Recker Discipleship and Pastoral Intern

Tyler Recker

Discipleship and Pastoral Intern

Christi Reichert Children's Ministry

Christi Reichert

Children's Ministry


Ken Rucker, Senior Pastor

Ken Rucker, Senior Pastor

Regan McShane, Communications

Regan McShane, Communications

Jonathan Mitchell, Youth Minister

Jonathan Mitchell, Youth Minister

Erik Truax, Worship Leader

Erik Truax, Worship Leader

Cathy Austin, Bookkeeper

Cathy Austin, Bookkeeper