Dr. Branton Burleson, Pastor

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Branton was born in Andrews, NC, but grew up in Bat Cave, NC where he was nurtured in the gospel for 20 years through Bat Cave Baptist Church and served there as Minister to Children and Youth. 

He is a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College, North Greenville University, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017. 

Prior to serving as Lead Pastor for Grace Baptist Church, Branton was one of the founding pastors of Covenant Baptist Church in Arden, NC. He is also a professor for Fruitland Baptist Bible College in Hendersonville where he has taught NT Survey (on-campus), Gospels and Pauline Epistles (online and on-campus), and currently teaches Hermeneutics (on-campus). He has substitute taught many other subjects. 
Branton is a past Vice President of the Henderson County Ministerial Association and former Board Member for Blue Ridge Prison and Jail Ministries. Additionally, he has served on the board of the Baptist State Convention of NC. He actively served the Carolina Baptist Association in Hendersonville and now looks forward to partnering closely with the Buncombe Baptist Association in Asheville. 
Branton has been married to Jessica since July, 2005 and the Lord has blessed them with four children, Abigail and Isabel (twins), Ruth, and Luke.


Mr. Rick Ramsey, Minister of Music and Church Administrator

Minister of Music and Youth since 1990, Rick was appointed Minister of Music and Church Administrator in 1997. He holds degrees from McNeese State University and has done post-graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



imageVictor Arrowood, Interim Youth Director