Fourth candidate joins candidate field for moderator

Another candidate – the fourth announced so far – has been endorsed to stand for moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). All four candidates are teaching elders.


Palo Dura Presbytery has endorsed Randolph R. “Randy” Branson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Graham, Texas.

He has previously served congregations in Arlington and Baytown, Texas, and in San Pedro, Calif. Branson also is involved with youth ministry, through synod youth workshops in the Synod of the Sun and at Mo-Ranch Conference Center. He has twice served as a General Assembly commissioner.

Branson, a native of Oklahoma, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics from the University of Oklahoma and received a Master in Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He currently serves as moderator of Palo Duro Presbytery, where he also previously served as moderator of the Committee on Ministry and in other leadership roles.

          He is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

Branson and his wife, Karen, have an adult son and will celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary in December. They live on just under three acres, with two Arabian horses, two dogs, and what he calls “the ultimate survivor,” a black barn cat.