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branhamsRob Branham (’95) grew up in Moberly, Missouri, and was friends with Jon and Tim Reese, sons of Gareth and Kathy. Lynne Swan is from Newcastle, Australia. Rob and Lynne (’86) met at Central in 1984. They served on the same outreach team in 1985 and became good friends. Thirty years later, they are still serving the Lord together.

Rob and Lynne continue to use the education they received at CCCB. They list Gareth Reese and Dan Schantz as their most influential professors. Mr. Reese’s classes gave them a solid understanding of New Testament history, doctrine, interpretation, and why we believe what we believe…fundamentals in our Christian walk. Mr. Schantz’s classes opened their eyes to teaching creatively, understanding your audience, giving criticism using the love sandwich, thinking big then modifying your teaching approach based on your budget, practical tools that can be applied in all aspects of our Christian walk.

Rob and Lynne have ministered together since they were college students. Their first full-time ministry was in Unionville, Missouri. They left Unionville to serve in Australia. They returned to the states in the mid-90s and Rob completed his degree while serving at Blue Ridge Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri. From Missouri, they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they served at the Farewell Avenue Christian Church for 12 years. Ministry in Australia called them again, and they moved back in 2007.

The Branhams are church planters in Australia and directors of Australian Christian Mission. Together with another family, they planted the Northlakes Christian Church. Rob and Lynne are the youth leaders, and deans of Quest Youth Camp. Rob also teaches scripture in the public schools and serves as chaplain at the public school and for the Belmont Baseball Club. Lynne has taken on the roll of administration and photographer for the church. She has found that posting pictures of church activities offers their members joy and encouragement. A year ago, Jennifer Reynolds (‘97) joined their team.

Rob recently preached a sermon on “Targeted Retail.” He encouraged the church members to shop at the same stores at the same times and begin to see the people as more than just a face, get past the “hi, how are you” and get to know them, develop relationships with them and ask God to provide time and space for you to speak the love of Jesus into their hearts. Rob tried this and has seen success.

Rob and Lynne have three children. They have 2 older sons, Andrew and Josh who are married to Amanda and Shaina respectively. They are serving together at the same church in Boise, Idaho, in youth ministry. Their daughter, Katie, is 15 years old and lives with them in Australia.

“I’m learning that no matter what age I am, I can still be of service to the King. What that looks like may change with time, but the talents He gave me are there all the days of my life for His glory,” commented Lynne. Rob continued, “When Jesus called us to His mission it was about people. Don’t get sidetracked by other things. May God grant you the peace and vision to continue to help God’s kingdom grow.”

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