Brian Branam: Pastor, Author, Teacher
If you could summarize your purpose with two words, a verb and a noun, what would it be? For me, those two words are CREATE CONTENT. I am a pastor, teacher, and author who creates content to help you think Biblically.
I’ve had the privilege of sitting under some incredible Christian scholars and pastors, but the greatest theologian I ever knew was my grandmother, Lou Truelove. She had a 5th grade education. She taught herself to read by using the Bible. She was married at 15 and birthed 10 children; five boys, five girls. My father was the youngest of the 10.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are sitting on her front porch as she shucked corn or broke beans. I listened to her tell the stories of her week and what the Lord had done for her. She lived the Bible. She connected Bible verses to circumstances. She could show you the sovereign hand of God writing her story.
I believe God used her prayers and her example to shape within me a passion to help people understand the Bible in the places where Heaven and earth intersect in everyday life.
God showed Jacob a ladder in the wilderness on which angels ascended and descended between heaven and earth. When Jesus taught His apostles to pray, he asked God that, “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).” In Revelation 21 God gives John a future vision of a new heaven and a new earth in which the crown jewel is a new Jerusalem that comes to earth from heaven.
It is God’s desire that your life be that intersection for His Kingdom on earth now. Heaven and earth constantly collide all around us. But if we are Biblically illiterate we will remain wholly ignorant of the world as it really is.
My wife's name is Shannon ('97). We have two daughters Morgan Hawkins (Kameron '20) and Kiley.
Below is a listing of my ministry experience. If I can serve you in any way by bringing Christian content into your life or to your group, please let me know. Thanks for visiting BrianBranam.com, I pray it will be a blessing and a resource for you.
Youth Director: 05/1992 – 08/1995, New Liberty Baptist Church, Ringgold, GA
Interim Youth Director: 01/1996 – 10/1996, Atco Baptist Church, Cartersville, GA
Senior Pastor, 10/1996 – 10/2002, Lantana Road Baptist Church, Crossville, TN
- Growth in average attendance from 30 – 330
- Remodel of gymnasium into worship center
- 247 baptisms
- Top 50 in ratio baptisms in Tennessee Baptist Convention 2x
- Top 4% growth churches in nation as recognized by the Billy Graham School of Evangelism of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
- 2002 Winner of the Charles Hadden Spurgeon Award for Discipleship as recognized by the Billy Graham School of Evangelism of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Senior Pastor, 10/2002 – 2/2012, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Trussville, AL
- Relocation from the Centerpoint community of Birmingham to Trussville 8/2008
- Revitalization of missions, education, and evangelism ministries
- Restructuring of church organization
- Reestablishment of church vision
- 219 baptisms
- Oversee staff which included 3 Associate Pastors, 4 Administrative Assistants
- Growth in average Christian Life Group participation from 275 – 341 without any permanent classrooms (2008-2011)
- Growth in average worship attendance from 300 – 485 (2008-2011)
- 220 total additions from 01/2009-11/2011
- Growth in total mission giving from $24,411 (2009) to over $55,000 (2011)
- Remodel of auto factory into church campus, $4 million project.
- Completion of educational facility containing 8 pre-school classrooms, 6 adult classrooms, indoor play area, children’s assembly, 8 office spaces, total cost $815,000
Lead Pastor, 2/2012 – Current, Liberty Baptist Church, Dalton, GA
- Growth from a single site congregation to 3 campuses.
- Construction of a new campus for the Dalton/Chatsworth location
- Growth in average worship attendance from 280 – 515
- Financial growth from $600,000 in giving per year to $1.1 million
- Avg. 60+ baptisms per year
- Dynamic Celebrate Recovery ministry on 2 campuses.
- 104 Baptisms in 2021
High School Bible Teacher, 2012 – 2021, Christian Heritage School, Dalton, GA
- High School Bible grades 9-12
- Star Teacher 2016/2017
- Head – Bible Department (2018-2021)
- Football Team Chaplain (2016-present)
2015, 2017 Global Institute, Chatsworth, GA
- Professor – Creative Communication of Scripture
- Professor – Leadership 2
2014 #TheWalk, For Those Who Are Ready to Go Further
2016 Contributing Author to The Grace, Hope, and Love Daily Devotional
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Periodicals in which my articles have appeared:
Good News Magazine, The Christian Index, The Baptist Press
Tennessee Temple University, 1995: B.A. Pastoral Studies, Magna Cum Laude
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1995: 1 semester (Yes, I was a seminary drop out.)
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011: M.Div. Generalist