Temporary status a way of life for minister, 90

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The agrarian metaphors Christians today are fond of using, like putting down deep roots, and cultivating long-term relationships, suggest a sedentary approach to life, but the Rev. T.K. Brann has made quite a career out of moving around.
Brann, a Tupelo resident, will celebrate his 91st birthday on Nov. 6, and he’s dedicated more than 60 years of his life to serving as a Southern Baptist minister.
There are, perhaps, a few men who’ve been preaching as long as the Palmersville, Tenn., native, but few – and maybe none – have served in so many transitional roles.
Until he retired from full-time ministry at age 62, Brann served only six churches as a full-time pastor, including Baldwyn First Baptist Church and Ashland Baptist Church.
Since retiring, however, he’s served 30 turns as an interim pastor, filling temporary vacancies at churches in six Northeast Mississippi counties, many of them more than once.
“My horoscope said I work best by large bodies of water,” Brann joked, explaining that a number of his interim pastorates have been along the Tenn-Tom waterway, in towns like Fulton, Smithville, Amory and Aberdeen.
Sunday, the World War II veteran will preach his last sermon at Brewer Baptist Church, where’s he’s finishing up his third term as the church’s interim.
Before relinquishing the pulpit to the Rev. Tim Tutor, Brann plans to deliver one last message.
“They’re calling it T.K. Brann day,” he said. “But I’m going to brag on Jesus.”

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