Rev. Ricky Branham
Rev. Ricky Branham is an interdenominational evangelist, senior pastor, and author who travels world-wide since May of 1999 spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. His desire is to reach the lost, edify the saints, and minister to people of all ages and in all walks of life for the glory of Jesus Christ. Ricky was called by God to minister and founded Ricky Branham Ministries (RBM) with the desire to show that God can do the impossible, and God desires to do the impossible. His ministry firmly believes Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Ricky is the Senior Pastor of a non-denominational church Ripley Chapel. Ricky continues to serve and preach at his home church when he is not traveling and preaching to churches of all denominations. He is known to be a preacher of glad tidings who leaves his listeners with a message from God that is timely, memorable, and applicable. His unique style makes him one of the most welcome and beloved ministers of today. Ricky and his wife, Victoria, have been blessed with three children: Ricky, Riley, and Vera.
The Call of Ricky Branham
From the Beginning
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Ricky’s mother, Ellen, noticed that he had a calling on his life before he was born. She remembers that he moved constantly in her belly during church services, as though he were praising the Lord. Around the age of two, he and his parents had a direct encounter with an angel from God and Satan himself. One night, his mother abruptly awoke out of her sleep and saw him standing at the entrance of her bedroom. He was rubbing his eyes, and she told him to come and get in bed. However, she unexpectedly noticed an angelic being, which was clearly not from this world, standing behind him waving his hands. The angelic being was a male angel and there was a bright light shining around the angel. He was translucent but it was obvious that he was wearing a long, white robe with wide sleeves. Suddenly Ellen noticed that it was not Ricky standing there, but that it was his spirit. She woke up Ricky’s father, but he did not see anything and did not believe her.
She started praying that Ricky would come and get in bed with her if he was going to live. She prayed hard until she somehow fell back asleep. Without warning, she was awakened to Ricky crawling in bed with her. Then the angel appeared to Ellen in the same spot. She woke Ricky’s father again, but he still did not see the angel. Then Ricky said, “Mommy I see, I see, a man in white,” which surprised his parents because that was before he could speak full sentences and before he knew his colors. His father believed after that, and everyone went to sleep.
Ricky’s father then dreamed that an angel touched the bed and it began to spin. His father woke everyone up and this time his mother saw a man dressed in all black, with red eyes, and his skin looked like charcoal. He stared at all three of them and then walked out of the trailer through the wall. Ricky’s father did not see him, but he had no trouble believing. His mother believed that this series of events meant that God had something special planned for Ricky, but the devil was mad and wanted to stop it. It was shortly after that incident that Ricky’s parents went through a divorce.
Both of Ricky’s parents would later remarry when he was about eight. He went to church with his mother and stepfather, and father and step-mother for the short period of time that they went. He can recall most of those times. He can remember seeing the people, hearing the music, and listening to the preacher. He can even remember some of the candle smells. The strange and vibrant colored suits that some of the men wore that were popular at the time would make him chuckle. The main thing he recalls was how nice everyone was to him.
God Uses Ricky’s Grandparents
As he got older, Ricky started to spend more time with his paternal grandparents: Robert and Lena Branham. They were both originally from Eastern Kentucky, and they both moved to Northern Ohio when they were younger. They were both raised in the ways of God. They met and married at a young age. They loved God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. They loved going to church. Ricky started to go with them every opportunity he could.
He went to church with his grandparents about two to three times a week. They would get there early to open the church doors, turn on the lights, and to make sure everything was just perfect and ready to go. His wonderful Sunday school teachers taught him the Ten Commandments, the Twelve Beatitudes, how Jesus loved him, and how enjoyable it is to serve God. He participated in church plays, which was definitely not his strong suit. At some of the services, he would take a nap in his pew. He said, “Church provided for some of the best napping because it was peaceful.” However, most of the time he was a giant sponge soaking in everything he could about God. He began to understand what it meant to have a relationship with God.
His grandparents were a wonderful example of a happily married couple who put God first in every way. They were hard workers, kind, and selfless.
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”
They let their light shine just like Christ teaches in Matthew. He saw their good works and so did others. They did not boast about their good works, but rather, just did them in a loving way. He watched them and wanted to be like them when he grew up: A strong in the faith home that loved the Lord.
God Speaks to Ricky Directly
In 1998 when Ricky was 15, he began to slowly drift away from God. He wondered if he was missing out on things in the world by serving God. One night, when he was on the way back home after hanging out with friends, he was in a bad car accident. He asked the EMT if he was going to live as he was being rushed to the hospital. The EMT plainly said, “I don’t know.” He was bleeding profusely from a head trauma. The hospital did a CT scan of his head, and he was put in a room as they got a hold of his family.
As he lay in that room with little light, he began to notice that God was speaking to him. It was not an audible voice but a still small voice that was pressing upon his heart and mind. It was hard to explain but he knew it was God.
Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
God was knocking on the door of his heart, and He wanted Ricky to let Him in all the way. God started to speak to him telling him that if he would have died, he would have gone to Hell because Ricky had turned his back on Him. That may sound like God was being harsh but He was not. God told him in such a loving way that it caused him to want to change and be fully committed to God like never before. Ricky told God if He would spare him that he would serve Him all the days of his life. In the stillness of the room all alone, Ricky repented and confessed Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior.
The doctor came back into the room for further examination. The doctor said he could have died instantly based on the way his face struck the car upon impact. He said Ricky would need to see a plastic surgeon for reconstructive surgery on his nose and face. The doctor called him a miracle. Ricky knew it was an act of God that he was alive. Furthermore, Ricky healed in such a great way that he never had to have any kind of reconstructive surgery. God spared him, saved him, and healed him.
God Speaks to Ricky Directly Again
After his car accident, he started going to church again like never before. He went with his grandparents, friends, by himself, and anyone else who would go. He tried his best to be there whenever the doors were open. On April 7, 1999 at the age of 16 during a Wednesday night youth church service, Ricky felt God speak to him directly again. God impressed upon Ricky’s heart that he was called to preach the gospel. Ricky knew it was God speaking to him again.
He hurried home that night to tell his mother the good news. She gave him the advice not to tell anyone but to wait and see if God really was calling him to minister. Shortly after that, Evangelist and Senior Pastor Rev. Ralph Farmer asked him when he was going to preach for him at his church. That same day, a musician named R.B. Fallen asked him when he was going to preach. He asked R.B. how he knew that he was called to preach, and R.B. smiled and said, “I can just tell.” He knew that God used Rev. Ralph Farmer and R.B. Fallen to confirm his calling.
On May 14, 1999 at Rev. Ralph Farmer’s church in North Fairfield, Ohio, Ricky preached his first sermon to a packed church of 105 people. The sermon was titled “Trust.” It lasted 12 minutes, one person accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and it was evident to everyone in attendance that he was truly called of God to preach. From that point on, ministers from all denominations began to contact him about preaching at their church. Rev. Ken Gifford, a local Methodist minister, took him under his wings and helped him in a variety of areas regarding ministry. He continued to minister and grow in the faith, began his Christian studies, and was ordained at the age of 20. He was an Interdenominational Evangelist going all over the State of Ohio, filling in for all denominations, and spreading the good news of Jesus.
God Blesses Ricky with a Wife
Ricky became an ordained minister at the age of 20. A year later he graduated from North Central State College (NCSC) in 2004 as a Registered Nurse in order to help supplement his income. In early fall of that year at the age of 21, he started praying that God would send him the wife that He had prepared for him. He read Christian books about love and prayed a lot. He had peace that God would send him a wife in His perfect timing.
Later in the fall of 2004, he started seeing this beautiful woman who had a contagious smile, with dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes around town. He saw her at the hospital, because he took care of her father, he saw her at the tire shop, and other places. He knew exactly who she was. Her name was Victoria, and she had been a senior in high school when he was a freshman. He thought in high school how beautiful she was. However, he was a freshman so he did not even try because he knew he had no chance. Also, he had worked with her two years earlier at Pepperidge Farm on one of the packaging lines while on summer break from college. The funny thing is he worked right beside her but for some reason they did not even talk. She was not a Christian when they worked together so it must have not been God’s timing yet for them to get to know each other. However, he heard later on that she had become a Christian and this is when he started seeing her around town a lot. He would later find out that she became a Christian because she heard Dr. Creflo Dollar preach on television. She got on her knees in her apartment and accepted Jesus right there on the spot. It changed her life. She started going to church and growing greatly in the faith.
He made up his mind that the next time he saw her that he was going to ask her out. As God would have it, on December 20, 2004, he would get his chance. He went to Cleveland with his friend Ryan, and he was supposed to be back in town for an event by 6:00 pm. However, the roads were not good and there was no way he was going to be back in time. As he got closer to home, Ryan asked if they could stop at a Barnes&Noble so that he could get a book. Ricky agreed because he knew he was not going to be able to make it to his event.
Almost as soon as Ricky walked through the doors at Barnes and Noble, there Victoria was. God quickly reminded him how he promised himself that he was going to ask her out the next time he saw her. God was not going to let him forget or chicken out. He mustered up the confidence and asked her if she would like to go out sometime. He thought in his head there was no chance but he had to at least ask so he would know. She smiled and said she would. He could not believe it. They stayed and talked for over an hour at the store until she had to leave to get ready for work because she now worked third shift full-time at Pepperidge Farm.
Ricky and Ryan left Barnes&Noble and stopped at another store before heading closer to home to get gas. There Victoria was at the gas station. Ricky and Victoria laughed, smiled, and waved. Four days later on December 24, 2004, Ricky and Victoria had their first official date at a Christmas Eve church service. They married on August 11, 2007 with Rev. Ken Gifford performing the ceremony.
God Expands the Family
Ricky and Victoria went all over Ohio to evangelize. One particular church that he preached at, Ripley Chapel, asked him if he would fill in for them long term until they found a pastor. In January of 2008, he started to fill in for them with the understanding that they would not call him Pastor because he was not a pastor. However, as the head of the church board introduced him to the congregation, he called him the Pastor. He continues to be their Senior Pastor to this day while continuing to evangelize.
In 2009 Ricky and Victoria were blessed with their first son, Ricky. In 2011 they were blessed with another son, Riley. In 2013 they were blessed with a daughter, Vera. God expanded their family and provided the perfect setting for them to raise their children in the Lord. God started teaching Ricky what a Godly home looked like. Ricky and Victoria wanted their family to receive the fullness of God’s blessings in every area of their lives. God blesses His children because He loves them and so they can be a blessing to others. They are continuing to follow the leading of the Lord in every area of their lives.
Rev. Ricky Branham continues to minister all over the world through interdenominational preaching, teaching, media, books, counseling, visiting, giving, and other compassionate forms of ministry. His desire is to reach the lost, edify the saints, and minister to people of all ages and in all walks of life for the glory of Jesus Christ. Ricky is known to be a preacher of glad tidings that will leave you with a message from God that is timely, memorable, and applicable. His unique style makes him one of the most welcome and beloved ministers of today. He believes that God can do the impossible, and God desires to do the impossible. If you would like to have him speak at your church or event, please contact him.
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