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Our Pastors

Pastor Chuck Allers

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30


Chuck lived his early years in New York City and Northern New Jersey, and after stops in Oklahoma and Colorado he moved to San Diego in 1987.  He committed his life to Jesus shortly after moving to California, thereby gaining “true rest,” and upon graduating from the Horizon School of Evangelism in 1990 began serving in a pastoral capacity.  He pastored at Horizon North Clairemont from 1994 to 2013, at which time The Branch was formed.  Currently he serves the body at the Branch in the areas of teaching, organizational development, counseling, and helping others to fulfill their God-given calling.


Chuck and Greta were married in 1994 and enjoy their home and their dogs.  Educationally, Chuck earned his Masters of Divinity in 1994, Doctorate of Ministry in 1999, and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies in 2011.  In 2013 he published a book entitled The Evolution of a Muslim Democrat: The Life of Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim.


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Pastor Wayne Kinde

Pastor Wayne Kinde

Wayne's first love is to teach the Word. He serves The Branch in many capacities—preaching, teaching, counseling, comforting, mentoring, and discipling. It's his privilege to also equip future pastors and leaders for ministry.


Wayne served for seven years on pastoral staff at Horizon Christian Fellowship, San Diego, California, and was Academic Dean for nationally-accredited Horizon University.


Prior to moving to San Diego, Wayne worked for eight years at Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee, holding the position of Sr. VP & Publisher, overseeing the Biblical Reference, Academic & Professional, and Church Curriculum divisions.


Wayne has a B.A. in Bible and a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul, and a Masters in Theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.


He has been married to Christa since 1992 and they have five children.


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Pastor Adam Goodman

Adam loves studying and teaching God’s Word to the youth and seeing the Truth of the Scriptures transform their lives.


Adam was born in Oklahoma, but moved to Ensenada, Mexico at age 10. He spent his formative years in Ensenada before returning to the Midwest at age 17. At age 18, Adam moved to San Diego to attend the Horizon School of Evangelism. Upon graduation from HSE, Adam began serving at Horizon North Clairemont alongside Chuck Allers. He has served with the Youth and has been mentored by Chuck Allers since 2010.


Along with the privelage of pastoring the Youth, Adam also oversees our Outreach and Evangelism team.


Adam is currently working towards a Bachelor in Biblical Studies. Adam and Nicole Goodman were married in September of 2010 and have one beautiful daughter, Ella.


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Pastor Richard Cates

Richard manages the financial and business aspects of The Branch Church. He also oversees the Life Transformation Groups, Men's Ministry, has recently started a new ministry, My One Word. He is also a professor at The Branch College. 


Richard received his Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University, and his Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has taught at Horizon University, as well as other colleges for over fifteen years.


Richard served in the leadership role at Horizon Christian Fellowship for over 26 years. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in June of 2012, after spending 34 years in government service. 


He has lived in California his entire life, with the majority of that time spent in San Diego. He has been married to his best friend Sylvia, since 1988.


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