About Us

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Branch Staff

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Statement of Faith

About Us

"Until The Whole World Hears"

Branch Ministries number one goal, number one focus, number one purpose, is to bring people Heaven with us. Therefore, we preach the gospel, make disciples, and give our all until the whole world hears.

 

As Branch Ministries visits each country, Matt Coughlin, Drake Westfall, and various Branch leaders lead the preachers in the Church congregations from various communities as they gather together for discipleship (training) classes and conferences. They learn how to make disciple-making disciples.

 

They learn how to share the truth of the gospel with people from all different backgrounds. From those who do not belief in the existence of God, to those who are taught falsely. To those who have been hurt and etc. They are taught how to help these people from wherever they are at in life. From there they are taught to share the gospel of Christ effectively, and then make them a disciple-making disciple.

What Does This Look Like?

As Branch travels through out the world, trips consists of classes being held in Church congregations where they lead the preachers and Church members from various communities as they gather together for discipleship classes.

 

In these sessions, they learn how to share the truth of the gospel with people from all different backgrounds. From those who do not believe in the existence of God, to those who are taught falsely. As well as, those who have been hurt or battle with anything else.

We teach them the right thing to say in certain situations. If someone is hurting, love on them. Then on the other side of the fence if someone is teaching against God's Word, we teach them to boldly stand up to it, and the right thing to say in defending God's Word.

How Do We Teach This?

The way we teach this here at Branch is through a method created by Kirk Hacker, and believe it or not the method is role playing.

The role playing is done by one person playing the role of someone out in the world that we may run into. Someone who is lost in one of many ways. Then a member from the Church will come up and act as themselves looking to sharing the gospel with that person. This may not always be quoting scripture. Say it is someone who is very down and going through something, we teach them not to quote what God says about love, rather show that love to that person who needs it. Then through that there is now an open door to share what God says about love and to share the gospel. This can consist of multiple different scenarios. This is also explained in our

                                                       

We will then go on to the part of training where we break down how to teach God's Word to a stranger. This may be someone they strike up a conversation with on the street, or it may be someone who is teaching God's Word falsely and they need to put a stop to it. We act these scenarios out with them in the role playing. After we do all this work we then go out into the community and shake things up for Christ as we put practice into play.

This really is practice evangelism in a sense.  We practice sharing the gospel with each other then go out into the world to win souls.

As a result of this we are able to see the Church grow in new ways and really spark a revival.

 

How Does This Grow?

You may be seeing all of this and be asking, "how does this spread into the whole world?" At Branch we take this teaching to every congregation that we can.

We will teach this in a congregation, then travel across town to another congregation to teach again. Then we do so with a third congregation. This now creates an area where there are multiple Church congregations that are ready and willing to go out into town and share the gospel. Now the entire area within this space of congregations now are hearing the gospel.

At this point each congregation goes down the road to teach the same thing, covering more ground, and we see disciples, who are making disciples. We see disciple-making disciples. Now the fire begins to spread more and more as the gospel is not just being shared but is being spread.

Sharing the Gospel vs. Spreading the Gospel

We hear very often, "lets's share the gospel." We agree, let's share the gospel.

However, it is important to see the difference between sharing the gospel, and spreading the gospel.

Sharing the gospel can be done by anyone, spreading the gospel requires more than just the first person.

 

Sharing the gospel is simply one person telling another of Christ and the good news that comes from Him. Then going on to the next person, and the next. It is making disciples. Yes, this also in a sense does spread it if we are being technical, but listen to the next part in this idea...

Spreading the gospel comes when you share with someone who then goes and shares with someone else. One person shares with 2 people, then those 2 people go and share with 2 more people each which is 2 a piece, 4 more and those 2 who shared, so 6 total. Then those 6 people go and share with 2 people each, that is 12 more and 18 total. Keep counting! This is making disciple-making disciples. Oh and not to mention... Until the whole world hears!

Staff

Matt Coughlin

Head Coordinator 

At the age of 23 Coughlin founded Branch Ministries as a result of many mission trips. While spending two months in the Dominican Republic he was able to teach a man who had walked for five days from Haiti, heard the gospel, and was baptized into Christ. After giving the man his only Bible he then went back to Haiti with the knowledge of the gospel and with further studies he now had and began to share and teach the truth that he had learned in the Dominican. As Coughlin saw the way the gospel branched out he began working on Branch Ministries the same way.

Coughlin currently lives in London, Kentucky where he directs Branch Ministries while working with

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Drake Westfall

 Project Manager / Discipleship Teacher

At the age of 32 Westfall is a teaches the Bible at the                                                            in Winchester, Virginia. There he is married to his wife Amanda with their two sons and one daughter.

Westfall has been the Bible teacher at Mountain View since 2016 and preaches on and off at various congregations, teaches and preaches on Branch trips, all while he heads up a homeless shelter ministry in downtown Winchester, Virginia.

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Edward Medina

Dominican Republic Project Manager

Working in the Church in the Dominican Republic, Medina works as a translator for Branch as well as works with them on their trips over to aid and grow the Church, and teaches discipleship in the congregations from town to town. While being a preacher in a big city in the Dominican, Medina also works with multiple ministries to help the Church in the in the area as it thrives.

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Statement of Faith

First off we trust and obey in the Word of God. We believe that it is infallible and all scripture works in harmony and cannot contradict itself.

 

To be saved we look at the commands that came out of the mouth of Jesus, as well as the 9 forensic examples of a non-Christian becoming a Christian.

 

Someone who is in Christ, who is forgiven of their sins. 

 

(Videos attached below explaining a deeper dive into our Statement of Faith.) 

Believe

We trust and obey in the words of Jesus when He says to believe.

John 3:16; Mark 16:16;

As well as the conversion examples found in the book of Acts

where we see it coming into play.

Acts 2:14; 8:5; 8:35-39; 9:22,26; 10:11; 16:13; 16:31; 18:8; 19:1

Repent

We trust and obey in the words of Jesus when He says to repent.

Luke 13:3; 

As well as the conversion examples found in the book of Acts

where we see it coming into play.

Acts 2:38; 9:9,11; 11:18

Confess

We trust and obey in the words of Jesus when He says to confess.

Luke 12:8;

As well as the conversion examples found in the book of Acts

where we see it coming into play.

Acts 8:37; 9:6; 22:10

Be Baptized

We trust and obey in the words of Jesus when He says to be baptized.

Mark 16:16;

As well as the conversion examples found in the book of Acts

where we see it coming into play.

Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12,13,16; 8:38; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:15,33; 18:8, 19:5;

To be a Christian you must be in Christ, and in scripture no one

beliefs into Christ, no one repents into Christ, rather the only two times 

we see someone come into Christ is following belief and repentance when they are baptized into Christ, Galatians 3:27 and Romans 6:3.

A Deeper Dive into Branch Ministries statement of faith can be found on the

                        YouTube page