The Branch opened more than two decades ago by Barry and Lori Wood as a Christian Bookstore with a small coffee ship in the back. Barry soon realized that the coffee he served – from beans around the world that he roasted in his small shop – had become an important draw in the community.
Ever the business man, he brought the coffee shop forward and Lori began serving delicious fare in the already cozy atmosphere of a family book shop. Soon, they began to sell musical instruments, gifts, and cards as well as Bibles and books. The Branch now began to thrive and become the community gathering place it is today.
Some twenty years later, the Woods decided that the time for retirement, and the family time it would bring, had finally arrived. After much prayer, they approached First Baptist Los Lunas with a God-inspired thought. What if this local business they had built into a ministry in the name of Jesus might continue to thrive without them?
After many conversations, much prayer and a dedication service involving many pastors in the area, The Branch became a ministry of First Baptist Los Lunas.
In an effort to reach out to the world around us, our Free tutoring, mentoring, resume-building help and more in a Tuesday night Study Hall from 6:00-8:00pm. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month we provide a place to gather and talk, bring an instrument to play and sing along with one another.
We’re not certain what this new ministry will bring, but we do believe it’s the continuing of a beautiful thing God is doing in Los Lunas and Valencia County.