Bethany pastoral team and staff

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  • Michael Branch


    Pastor was born in Muenster, Texas in 1953. He has been in ministry in the local church since 1969. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in 1977, with a degree in theology. He has been a senior pastor since 1986. His first senior pastorate was at Northwest Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where he served for seven years. He then went to Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, Illinois, where he served for twelve years. In January of 2005, he became the senior pastor of Bethany. Pastor and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1977. They have two children, Andrea, who lives in Melbourne, and Greg, who lives in Savannah, Georgia. Pastor Branch is also the president of Bethany Christian School. 

  • Brenda Branch

    Ladies director

    Brenda grew up in the Detroit area and became a Christian when she was 7 years old. She and Pastor Branch have been married since 1977. She has a daughter, Andrea, who is living in Melbourne. She also has a son, Greg, who is married, living in Boyton Beach, Florida, and one grandson “Charlie” in heaven and one granddaughter Brooklyn. With over 20 years in ministry she has seen God do BIG things in so many ways. She has seen God provide for her family at a ministry where they could not support their Pastor financially, and has seen God do amazing things in people’s lives, including many ladies Bible studies, where she has mentored women in their spiritual growth. Brenda also launched SHADOW (Shelter Home and Discipling of Women), a ministry that helped homeless, abandoned, or at risk women and their children by providing spiritually based teaching and care in a stable and secure home.

  • Warren east


    Warren grew up in Savannah, Georgia where his father, Tommy, and mother, Vicki, have been serving on staff at Bible Baptist Church for over 35 years. Warren also grew up with two brothers Thomas and Wryan. His family has been one of his greatest influences in his life for ministry. College was a life changing event for Warren. He attended Toccoa Falls College in Georgia for all four years of school and graduated with a Youth Ministry degree and a minor in Biblical Studies. At TFC he was challenged to move further into His relationship with Christ and explore more into His faith. College is also where Warren continued his relationship with his wife Lyndsey who is his greatest encourager and friend. They have been married since the summer of 2005. Warren and Lyndsey are blessed with four boys, Yves, Landen, Gage, and Maverick. Warren and Lyndsey both have an incredible desire to see people move into a personalized faith in Christ where they are continually growing more into the image of Christ. Warren was our youth pastor from 2005-2011, and became our creative art and associate pastor in December 2011. He is also leads our groups and worship team.



    Andy grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Florida as a teenager. It was at Bethany Ministries that he received Christ as a teenager and received his call to work with students. Andy also met Chelsey during his time as a student at Bethany. They met on a mission trip to Puerto Rico. They were married in October of 2013 and in 2015 added their first little one, Baylen and in 2018 Little Andrew. Andy works with our Bethany Kids and our Bethany Youth. He has a desire to see the lives of the next generation changed by Christ just like his life was changed. 



    Andrea Keefer Financial Secretary Andrea was born in Houston, Texas, and became a Christian at the age of 12. She married Ray in Houston in 1984. They moved to Palm Bay in 2007 when Ray retired from the Army after serving for 20 years. They have three sons; Christopher, Stephen, and John. During her time as an Army wife, Andrea completed her Associate's degree in General Studies at Central Texas College while homeschooling her sons and being heavily involved in her boys extra-curricular activities and the church. After moving to Palm Bay, Andrea finished her degree in Information Technology. After their last son finished homeschool, Andrea headed into the work force and started as a 3rd grade teacher at Bethany Christian School which eventually lead to her current position as the financial secretary for Bethany Ministries an School.