Dr. E. L. Branch, Senior Pastor

Sunday, Worship Times: 8:00AM . 10:00AM . 12:00PM

Wednesday, Bible2Life (Bible Study): 7:00 PM

Main Campus: 12850 Plymouth Road, Detroit, MI 48227

PicturePastor, community leader, humanitarian, teacher, lecturer, and musician; Reverend Edward L. Branch is God’s visionary for Third New Hope Baptist  Church, Detroit, Michigan.Serving as Pastor since 1977, his consistent obedience to God has taken the Third New Hope congregation from glory  to glory. The membership has grown to three locations and five worship services weekly.   

Pastor Branch’s uncompromising and bold teaching of God’s Word has changed the lives of people both at Third New Hope and around the world. Pastor Branch is known for his dynamic preaching and practical teaching style.  His vibrant sermons are intense and always relevant.  He communicates the Gospel of Christ with sincerity and simplicity.

Educationally, Pastor Branch has earned a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies, a Master of Divinity Degree in Religious Studies.Also, Pastor Branch was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree and the prestigious honor of The
Edward and Lanell Branch Endowment from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Pastor Branch served as president of the Baptist, Missionary and Educational State Convention of Michigan  as well as president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.  He also served as president of Kingdom Building Pastors and People International and he  He has served as adjunct professor for Ashland Seminary in the area of homiletics.

Presently, Pastor Branch serves as Director of the Heritage Center for Religious Studies which is located on the main campus of Third New Hope Baptist Church. Pastor Branch is also a partner with several community organizations where he serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, Pastor Branch gives leadership to the Advisory Board of Ashland Seminary Detroit and is a member of the board of directors for the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Staying focused on his mission; Pastor Branch profoundly lives by and proclaims the words of Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me to preach the gospel…”  He is considered to be a New Testament scholar among his colleagues in the ministry.  His ministry has reached hundreds of churches, conventions and conferences across the nation and beyond.  His travels include Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, England, France, Italy, China, Australia, and the Caribbean.

Pastor Branch has been a leading advocate for women in ministry, mentoring youth, and training ministers.  Through his ministry people are discovering their destinies.  He has received numerous awards and certificates for his community service and religious leadership.  This humble servant is advancing the kingdom of God in a whole new way.  This prophet-preacher is “…committed to making the wounded whole!”

Pastor Branch and Lady Lanell celebrate more than forty years of marriage. They have one daughter, Nikkiya T. Branch, Esq.