Lead Pastor


Phil Carder

Pastor Phil joined The Branch as lead pastor in 2022. He's a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a DMin in Spiritual Formation at Wesley Seminary. He has a deep passion for renewing the life of the church through historic Christian pathways of discipleship and worship. He loves the kinds of conversations that happen at the intersection of faith and culture. In his spare time you'll find him enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, or tinkering with his collection of typewriters. Originally from Ohio, he's also a lifelong sports fan: baseball in the summer, college football in the fall!