Church mourns tragic death of young associate pastor
By CHIP HUTCHESON, Kentucky today
MADISONVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Clint Brame, 35-year-old education minister and associate pastor of Olive Branch Baptist Church, tragically died in a whitewater rafting accident on Friday.
He leaves behind a wife, Amanda, and a daughter, Elizabeth.
Brame became a Christian at the age of 15, and soon after he felt that God was calling him to ministry. He was finishing his studies at the University of Campbellsville when Larry Purcell, then pastor of Second Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, began mentoring Brame. The church tasked him with working with HR ministries.
“He grew up in Hopkinsville and had all kinds of options,” Purcell said. “His father was a great farmer and he could have stayed there and had financial opportunities, but he had such a heart for Jesus and served him somewhere. He took the risk and went out on his own. His mother, Jo Ann, was a huge influence on him.
“Since I’ve known him he’s been one of the most laid back and easy going people you’ll find. He is very approachable, caring – he would do anything for you.
Gary Taylor, senior pastor at Olive Branch, described Brame this way – “he loved Jesus, loved his family, and loved his church.”
Taylor noted that Brame, who was on the church staff for five years, was extremely mission-conscious. “He had just returned a week ago from Montana with a team of men from Olive Branch who went to the Blackfoot Indian Reservation where we are helping a church there. Clint was active – he would do whatever you asked him to do. He was eager and loved to serve.
The tragic accident will impact the plans and schedule of the church on Sunday.
“We’ve been in two services for almost two years, but we’ll be doing a parking lot service on Sunday,” Taylor said. “We will be gathering our whole church body to pray and read the scriptures. We were going to baptize five people, but not right after this accident. Coming home to be with Jesus is wonderful, but it’s so early. We want to remember Clint and think about him. He will be missed by all of us. “
Chance McConnell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylorsville, was a longtime friend of Brame.
“He loved Jesus deeply, his wife and daughter very much and his church selflessly,” McConnell said in a Facebook post. “Clint’s heart for the Lord and service of the gospel has always been something to emulate and an example to follow. Going through a few of our recent posts, they all focus on how to serve the church well – Clint has always given his all for God’s people and the gospel. Well done, good and faithful servant.