The story of this spiritual family began in May 2015 when 3-4 young people began to meet in a basement every Wednesday night to pray for revival. Over the next few months the little prayer meeting doubled and then tripled in size and soon became known as the Upper Room. As the autumn of 2015 gave way to winter the Upper Room continued to grow and attract those who were hungry for more of God. It wasn’t much longer before we had to move out of the little basement and into the upstairs of a nearby barn.
Over the next few years we continued to gather weekly to pray but with a limited leadership structure and without a declared vision; therefore, enthusiasm waned as the seasons of life rolled on. By June of 2017, the Upper Room no longer met weekly although we still gathered frequently for fellowship and community.
We were unable to escape a growing sense that the purpose of God had not yet been fulfilled for the Upper Room and so we began weekly prayer meetings again in August of 2017. That fall a Core Team was established to bring leadership and vision to the Upper Room. In the spring of 2018 God began to speak about a larger vision and we sensed that He was calling us to press “pause” once again. With a team of 15-20 people we began to ask what God truly desired of us as a community. It was during this time of searching that God began to release the vision for what we are now beginning to walk in and experience. In October of 2018 we launched Ministry Night and a few months later Community Groups were launched. It was also during this time that God confirmed to us that he was giving us a new name- Branch Community.
In May of 2019 we held the first ever Branch Leadership Retreat with 25-30 leaders gathered in Dauphin County, PA. This was “an appointed time” for us as a community where God brought unity and clarity around the vision which then led us into a season of growth that has continued to this day.
It became clear to us in the summer of 2019 that eventually God would lead us to establish Branch Community as a local church body. This is what we are stepping into in March of 2020 and our heart’s cry and prayer for Branch Community is that it would be a community of believers who are deeply committed to Jesus Christ, experiencing fellowship with one other, and living in purity and power as they boldly advance the Kingdom of God.
This is a story that has only began and it is so much bigger than what we have yet seen, and so it is with great faith and hope that we invite you to come and be part of this God story. Join us as we discover together all that the Father has in store!