Pastor Rick Braun is originally from Minnesota but his family fled the frozen tundra for sunny Florida when he was 6 years old so he is nearly a native! He married his high school sweetheart Cindy in 1980 and moved to Panama City while serving in the Coast Guard. He was licensed in the Southern Baptist faith earlier in his ministry journey serving as youth pastor and discipleship director for local churches in Panama City. He met Pastor Powell through a mutual friend and has been happily serving at the Church of God ever since that divine appointment. Rick entered the credential program through the Church of God soon after joining the church in Panama City and completed the three years of training in the fall of 2017. He was ordained at the state meeting in October of 2017 in Orlando. Rick had been serving as Interim Pastor since March of 2019 after the departure of Pastor Powell. He was voted in as Senior Pastor in December 2019.
Pastor Rick’s passion is outreach to the motorcycle community, a normally ignored segment of the population. He is currently serving as President of the local Christian Motorcyclists Association and enjoys taking the Gospel to the highway. He is still in awe about how much fun serving God can be, especially when you’re able to make an impact on the kingdom on Earth. Rick and Cindy have two adult daughters, Deanna and Heather, and four fabulous grandchildren, Addison, Madilyn, Chandler and Emerson. Rick and Cindy say hanging out with them is heaven on earth!