When Jean Branch joined Christ Church nearly 50 years ago, she and her late husband Horace immediately became active in numerous ministries of the church. It was important for them to model their strong faith for their two daughters, Connie and Terrie. “We hoped to lead by example, so they may follow and grow in the church,” Jean said.
Over the years, the couple was involved in numerous ministries together including the inaugural Walk to Emmaus and founding members of Lamplighters Sunday school class. Jean also served as a UMW Circle leader, girls basketball coach, front desk receptionist and member of the Altar Guild, Funeral Guild and Administrative Board. She helped start Parents Day Out and an after-school program while Horace baked sourdough bread and gave the proceeds from his bread to fund the building of Wilson/Ross.
And at the age of 76, Jean participated in her first mission trip – to China. “This was the greatest thing that has happened to me besides having my wonderful husband and my two girls,” Jean said. “I just wanted to pray with the people and share Jesus with them.”
Terrie says that her parents’ faith had a huge impact on her life, and she followed in her mother’s footsteps in many ways as she sought to live out her faith for her own daughter, Lauren Jean. Terrie was a Christ Church staff member for 12 years and has also served on the Altar Guild, Emmaus, In His Steps, Christ Feeds and other ministries. She now works in the CMDS Early Education Program.
Terrie’s faith sustained her in 2009 when Lauren died in a tragic car accident. “Praise God for the prayers and outreach of love and church family during that difficult time in our lives,” Terrie said. “I thank God daily for my parents’ faith in my life and for my faith and my church. It is only by my faith in God and our strong church family that we continue to know Lauren is in God’s hands, and we will see her and my dad again one day.”