Brother Billy Paul and Paul Branham
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Billy Paul Branham is so well-known among Message believers around the world
that he needs no introduction. Still, no mention of the staff of Voice of God
Recordings would be complete without noting his continuous contribution to the
efforts of the Message outreach around the world. We are truly blessed to be
able to recognize him today as a member of our team.
You may not be aware, however, that Brother Billy Paul's oldest son, Paul, has
also been a staff member at VGR since it was first established. Writing here
for himself and his father, Brother Paul shares a brief testimony:
Brother Branham began his worldwide ministry in the early 1940's, and my dad,
Brother Billy Paul, embarked upon his journey in the service of the Lord soon
after. Not yet 10 years old, Dad was selling books and eventually handing out
prayer cards in the meetings that were growing in size and number. He even celebrated
his 16th birthday on the field, in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1951.
He continued to work with my grandfather until the Lord called Brother Branham
home in 1965. Before his passing, Brother Branham established the William Branham
Evangelistic Association to be the missionary branch of his work. Dad became
the president of the WBEA and continues to hold that position today.
In the late 1980s, my Dad moved the office of The William Branham Evangelistic
Association into the building with The Voice Of God Recordings of which he is
also vice-president. He also took on the responsibility of auditing and gapping
for translation the manuscripts that are taken from the recorded sermons and
making sure, to the best of his ability, that they match Word for Word. It is
a much harder and more time consuming task than one would think from the surface,
and quite a responsibility.
For myself, in the summer of 1979, after graduating high school, I began working
for Brother Roy Borders at Spoken Word Publications. I was hired as an assistant
pressman, but due to my background in Art and Architectural Drafting I was moved
into the Graphic Arts and Pre-Press department within a few months. I was planning
to further my education in the areas of Fine Art and/or Architecture when I
took the summer job, and I am so thankful to the Lord that I did.
In 1980 my uncle, Brother Joseph, came to me and said that the Lord had been
leading him to do something with the recorded sermons of Brother Branham. He
said that he asked the Lord to send him someone who could work with him and
take care of the finances and business end of the work. He told me that the
Lord told him to ask me. I accepted, and became the first employee of Voice
Of God Recordings. No one could have been more unworthy of this honor than me,
but I also believe that no one could have been more honored nor willing to be
following my family's footsteps and work in the service of the Lord through
the Ministry of my grandfather, William Marrion Branham.
For 24 years, this past May, I have been blessed to be the controller for The
Voice Of God Recordings, Inc. My duties include overseeing receipts, disbursements
and all financial bookkeeping, insurance policies, employee retirement plans
and a host of related responsibilities. On top of that, the Lord knew of my
love of art and photography and has given me an outlet for that as well. I have
designed or in some cases painted and drawn a great many of the book covers,
as well as pamphlets, newsletters and logos that we have printed here over the
years. I am also the videographer and editor for the Video and DVD productions
as well. The Lord in His wisdom redirected my path in life, and in His goodness
and love gave me a way to use my talents in His service as well.
Together, my dad and I have been honored and blessed to have worked in this
great End Time Message for more than 86 combined years. Praise the Lord.
William P. Branham Jr.
Brother Billy Paul and Paul Branham