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.



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.



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.


David Bleth

David Bleth

Tyler Recker

Tyler Recker

Michael Shiflett

Michael Shiflett

Earl Turner

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


Ken Rucker , Senior Pastor

Ken Rucker, Senior Pastor

Christi Reichert , Children's Ministry Director

Christi Reichert, Children's Ministry Director

Jonathan Mitchell , Youth Minister

Jonathan Mitchell, Youth Minister

Regan McShane , Communications

Regan McShane, Communications

Bob Bochat , Worship Leader

Bob Bochat, Worship Leader