Church mourning tragic death of young associate pastor


MADISONVILLE, Ky. (KT) — Clint Brame, 35-year-old minister of education and associate pastor of Olive Branch Baptist Church, died tragically in a whitewater rafting accident Friday.

He leaves a wife, Amanda, and daughter, Elizabeth.

Brame became a Christian at age 15, and soon afterwards felt God calling him to ministry. He was finishing up his studies at Campbellsville University when Larry Purcell, then pastor of Second Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, began mentoring Brame. The church commissioned him to work with HR Ministries.

“He grew up in Hopkinsville and had all kinds of options,” Purcell said. “His dad was a big farmer and he could have stayed there and had financial opportunities, but he had such a heart for Jesus and serving Him somewhere. He took the risk and went out on his own. His mother, Jo Ann, had a huge influence on him.

“Ever since I have known him, he is one of the most laid-back, easygoing people you will find. He is very approachable, kind-hearted — he would do anything for you.”

Gary Taylor, senior pastor at Olive Branch, characterized 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 minded. “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 anything you asked him to do. He was eager and loved to serve.”

The tragic accident will impact the church’s plans and schedule on Sunday.

“We have been in two services for almost two years, but we are going to one service in the parking lot on Sunday,” Taylor said. “We are going to bring our whole church body together as one to pray and to read scripture. We were going to baptize five people, but not right after this accident. Going home to be with Jesus is wonderful, but this is so soon. We want to remember Clint and be thinking of him. He will be missed by all of us.”

Chance McConnell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylorsville, was a long-time friend of Brame.

“He loved Jesus deeply, his wife and daughter tremendously and his church selflessly,” McConnell said in a Facebook post. “Clint’s heart for the Lord and service to the gospel was always something to emulate and an example for me to follow. Looking over a few of our recent messages, they all center on how to serve the church well — Clint always gave his all for God’s people and the gospel.  Well done good and faithful servant.”

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