Pastor Dan M. Deaton has spent nearly his entire life engaged in one form or another at The Branch Community Church. From Sunday school teacher and maintenance man to Youth director and Assistant Pastor, Pastor Deaton's heartbeat has always been this church and these people.

College years were spent in Indianapolis, Indiana; and although other opportunities have presented themselves through the years, Pastor Deaton's heavenly call was steadfast and sure. "This is the place and this is the time: preach the word of God here and now.

Pastor Deaton was installed as The Branch Community's 'shepherd' in January 2012, and has only the highest of visions, dreams, hopes, and plans for this church, these people, and this community.