Sam Watkins

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Pastor James L "Sam" Watkins is the Lead and Founding Pastor of our church. Pastor Sam and his wife Raigon are natives of Greenwood South Carolina and love life as adopted Okies. The have been married for almost twenty five years and have three wonderful grown children Tanner, Alec, and Jadon. With years of military service, an educational background in organizational leadership, and with almost ten years of ministry experience Pastor Sam who has a larger than life personality  is ready, willing, and able to serve you and your family! With Mrs.Raigon at his side Pastor Sam stands ready to lead Branches Church to be the commuinity church for Southeast Oklahoma City and beyond!

Worship Leader

Nathan Murillo

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Nathan Murillo is the worship and youth leader at Branches Church. A native Texan, Nathan is in school here in Oklahoma and has embraced the wonderful culture of Central Oklahoma. Nathan has a passion for music and using music to reach out and connect with people from all walks of life. While on a mission trip to Peru working as a translator, Nathan discovered a love for youth and children's ministry that remains strong today, and he is working to create a place where young people from all walks of life can come together, enjoy each other's company, and worship God as one. 



Community Service Chaplain

John Dries

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John Dries, a 20-year Navy veteran, serves as our Community Services Chaplain. God, in His perfect timing, introduced John to Sam Watkins and church planting in a military community shortly after being led to leave his present church after an extended time of prayer.

A “late bloomer”, John accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in 1991 at the age of 33. After hearing the term “calling” for years, John found his serving as a Chaplain in the motorcycle community and received NAMB endorsement as a Disaster Relief Chaplain in 2009.

After God revealed to John his ability to help others understand His word and the importance of sharing God’s love in public, he received NAMB endorsement as a Community Services Chaplain in 2016. Beginning three weeks after being endorsed, John began a weekly men’s Bible study at a local restaurant, and has been blessed beyond measure in helping men gain a better understanding of God’s plan for them and ministering to the needs of restaurant staff.

John and his beloved bride Sandy have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. They live on a small acreage in NE Oklahoma City with Sandy’s furry companion Jachez

  August 2020  
This Week's Events


Community Worship
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Right Now Students
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM


Men of Madison's
6:15 PM to 7:45 PM


Bible Study with Blake
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bible Search