Contact Craig Branch
Born in 1947 in Charlottesville, VA, and raised in Richmond,
Attended University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth
University majoring in psychology and played college tennis.
Joined a Southern Baptist Church at age 11 but drifted into
the Unitarian Church while in college and remained a Unitarian
for 10 years before becoming a Christian at age 29.
Was a tennis professional for 12 years before going into
Christian ministry full time.
Came to Christ through an apologetics approach believing
that before embracing Christ, he had to be convinced that
Christianity was true, not just an emotional crutch.
Served on staff of New Life Ministry (now Search
a friendship apologetic/evangelism ministry, for 2 years.
Was Single's minister at Briarwood
Presbyterian Church for
Was Alabama director and Vice-President of Watchman
one of the largest counter-cult ministries in the world,
for 15 years.
Former director of the Apologetics
Resource Center, which was organized
in January 1999.
Served for many years on the Board of Directors of Evangelical
Ministries to New Religions, a consortium of many counter-cult
ministries in the U.S.
Served for many years on the Board of Wellspring
Retreat Center, a rehabilitation facility for victims of cult
Served as chair of the clergy relations committee of the
Family Foundation, an ecumenical and secular academic
organization dealing with cults.
Co-authored the book Thieves of Innocence with John Weldon,
and John Ankerberg dealing with New Age in education, published
by Harvest House in 1992. Now republished as Public Schools:
The Sorcerer's New Apprentice?
Has published articles in S.C.P.
Journal, Christian Research
Journal, New Man Magazine, Watchman Expositor, Vantage
Christianity Today, and in the upcoming Baker's
Encyclopedia of Cults and World Religions.
Is married to Mary Branch and has 3 children, Catherine,
Kimberly, and Chip.
Is a frequent speaker and source for local and national
Has earned a Master's of Religious Education.
Is ordained in the Evangelical Church Alliance.
Is ordained as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Is a frequent speaker in churches, conferences, schools,
universities, and civic groups.