Texas pastor is fourth candidate for GA moderator

Randy Branson endorsed by Palo Duro Presbytery

October 24, 2011

The Rev. Randy Branson speaks with a parishioner.

The Rev. Randy Branson speaks with a parishioner. —courtesy of First Presbyterian Church, Graham, Texas


Palo Duro Presbytery has endorsed the Rev. Randolph R. “Randy” Branson as a candidate for moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Branson ― pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Graham, Texas, is the fourth announced candidate for moderator, joining the Rev. Neal Presa of Elizabeth Presbytery, the Rev. Sue Krummel of the Presbytery of Great Rivers and the Rev. Robert M. Austell Jr. of Charlotte Presbytery.

A native of Oklahoma, Branson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1968 and San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1971. Prior to serving in Graham, he served pastorates in Arlington and Baytown, Texas, and San Pedro, Calif.

“The middle of the church needs to demand and expect a culture of respect and appreciation in the PC(USA),” Branson told the Presbyterian News Service. “Palo Duro Presbytery has been through a lot and we’ve figured out a way to get along across a lot of viewpoints,” he said. “I’m hoping to offer that to the denomination. We can’t keep going the way we’re going.”

In Palo Duro Presbytery, Branson currently serves as moderator and has also chaired the presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, as well as other leadership roles.

There’s been “a paradigm shift” in the way the denomination functions, from top-down to bottom-up, Branson said. “I’m going to challenge GA commissioners to focus on strengthening congregations for the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”

  1. Caleb, you are absolutely right. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is our road map and we are to follow it.

    by Brenda

    October 27, 2011

  2. Caleb, what aspect of the Bible are you focused on, because anyone who knows the Bible knows there are places it contradicts itself. I choose to focus on LOVE which is what Christ commanded.

    by Matt

    October 26, 2011

  3. To follow the Bible - that's all we need to do, and we certainly aren't doing that now.

    by Caleb

    October 25, 2011