Dr. Jerry Branch, pastor, Dallas Baptist Church, participated in the graduation ceremony at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Evansville, Ind., on Aug. 10. Dr. Branch was hooded for his Ph.D. by Drs. Elliott and Baxter Hunter and congratulated by Dr. Harold Hunter, president of the seminary. Branch began his Ph.D. in leadership study in 2008 and completed the degree requirements in the summer of 2012. In Nov. 2012, the degree of Ph.D. with high distinction was conferred after successfully completing and defending his dissertation, “Rethinking State Convention Resourcing to the Local Church: The Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania-South Jersey.” Branch’s wife, Gini, and son, Jeff, attended the ceremony with him. His son also helped with the statistical analysis used in the dissertation. Branch serves as senior pastor of Dallas Baptist Church and was recently appointed to serve as on-line adjunct faculty of Mid-Continent University.