Our Pastors and Staff

Pastor Wayne Kinde

Wayne's first love is to teach the Word. He serves The Branch in many capacities—preaching, teaching, counseling, comforting, mentoring, and discipling. It's his privilege to also equip future pastors and leaders for ministry.

Wayne served for seven years on pastoral staff at Horizon Christian Fellowship, San Diego, California, and was Academic Dean for nationally-accredited Horizon University.

Prior to moving to San Diego, Wayne worked for eight years at Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee, holding the position of Sr. VP & Publisher, overseeing the Biblical Reference, Academic & Professional, and Church Curriculum divisions.

Wayne has a B.A. in Bible and a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul, and a Masters in Theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

He has been married to Christa since 1992 and they have five children.

Pastor Rick Melenciano

Rick’s personal mission is to assist as many as he can in developing an intimate, personal, and “way of life” relationship with God. His spiritual gifts are in administration, counseling, and teaching. He currently serves the as Executive Pastor leading and managing HR, financial, and organizational elements of the Branch Church.

Rick served in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree from Azusa Pacific University in Organizational Leadership, followed by a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. During his educational years he worked in the banking, education, and government industries.

He currently resides in San Diego with his wife Courtney, and their two children Kendrick and Vincent.

Pastor Sean Henschel

Sean loves teaching the Word and is passionate about seeing the timeless truths of the Scripture penetrate and transform lives.

Sean's main roles at Branch Church involve Preaching and Pastoring at both the morning and evening services, Evangelism and Outreach, Men's Ministry and Counseling.

He (or Sean?) served the Branch College of Ministry as both the Academic Dean and an instructor from 2015 to 2019. He contributed to program and syllabus development as well as taught theology, Greek language and exegesis courses, focusing his efforts on scriptural analysis and faithful interpretation. In addition, he was a regular teacher for the Branch Church morning and evening services. Previously, Sean served in Christian Education for five years at Horizon Christian Academy, teaching at various high school grade levels while engaging in curriculum development. Sean received his Bachelors Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Horizon College San Diego (now Horizon University) and His Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary San Diego and is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Exposition from Southern California Seminary.

Sean and his wife Aubrey have been married for four years and are proud parents of their daughter Evelyn.

Pastor Matthew Marzec

Matt loves sharing the truth of Christianity with others. At the Branch, he oversees the teaching ministries, from the Life Transformation Groups to various midweek studies. He co-leads the Sunday night service, Branch Nights.

Matt’s passion is for teaching. He specializes in the areas of philosophy, apologetics, and culture. He has taught a number of courses at the college level (Apologetics, Intro to Philosophy, & Ethics), as well as classes for the Rock Church (Rock Life and Pastoral Support Training).

Matt was born and raised in Clairemont, San Diego and loves his city and its sports teams.

Matt graduated from BIOLA University with a degree in Business Marketing. He then went on to attain his master’s degree in Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, graduating with the highest honors.

Pastor Adam Goodman

Adam loves studying and teaching God's Word and the Christian Worldview to the Youth. His main goal in the Youth Ministry is to disciple the youth in the Word and to help them know what they believe and why they believe it.

Adam was born in Oklahoma, but moved to Ensenada, Mexico at age 8. He spent his formative years in Ensenada before returning to the Midwest at age 17. At age 18 Adam moved to San Diego to attend the Horizon School of Evangelism. He has been serving in youth ministry since his graduation in 2010. Over the last 10 years Adam has been mentored by Chuck Allers and Wayne Kinde. These mentor relations have equipped him in the areas of Ministry Leadership, Administration, Teaching, Discipleship and much more.

Along with the privilege of pastoring the Youth, Adam also oversees Branch Church social medias, our website and is the pastoral oversight for the AWANA Program and the Children's Ministry.

Adam is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies. Adam and Nicole were married in September of 2010 and have one beautiful daughter, Ella.

Tiffany Dixon

Tiffany Dixon works as the Church and Office Administrator. She is an excellent planner and organizer and serves the body using these skills in many areas of the church. Tiffany earned her Associates Degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Hospitality Management in 2001. She also completed a yearlong discipleship program in San Diego during 2008.

Mari Hoffman

Mari is the accountant on staff at Branch Church.
She is also a part of the Leadership Team for Embrace Grace and Living Hope, where she has been so blessed to encourage and support new moms. Mari also enjoys fellowship with Branch Women’s Ministry, Hearts & Hands and 'The Fellowship'.

Mari has been married to Dan since December of 1989. They enjoy sharing their lives together and have been blessed with three sons.

Mari is a CPA who earned her B.S. in accounting from San Diego State University.

Lydia Kinde

Lydia Kinde is Children’s Ministry Director, and she loves working and playing with kids. In her spare time, Lydia bakes up tasty treats, plans baby quilts for The Branch’s newest members, and goes Baroque on her two cellos—Fanny and Christopher.

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