Matt and Kristy Branum

Matt and Kristy Branum

Boy's Houseparents

Matt and Kristy Branum

Boy’s Houseparents

Hello!  My name is Matt Branum and my wife’s name is Kristy Branum and we are currently the houseparents at The Boy’s Home here at The Joy House.  My beloved wife, Kristy, and I grew up in a small town in Tennessee called Soddy Daisy.  It was there we met and formed a friendship in a local church youth group.  After high school, we started courting and were married a year later. I am a graduate of Belhaven University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management.  My wife, Kristy, has some college and received certifications through the SANS Institute.  She also worked with children in the Hamilton County School System.

We have been very blessed during our marriage.  We have three grown children: Rebekah, Andrew, and Katelyn.  All of our children are grown and building families of their own.  We currently have 2 wonderful grandchildren: Camden and Colt.

Kristy and I have always enjoyed working with children.  We have joyfully served in Sunday School, AWANA, Vacation Bible School, Church Van Ministry, Youth, etc.  Now that we are “empty nesters”, we began wondering what the Lord had in mind for us next.  Other substantial things started occurring in our lives, and we realized we were being called into full time ministry with children.

After much prayer and being in awe of God’s provisions, we were led to The Joy House.  Kristy and I were thrilled with what God was doing here.  Through the beautiful and peaceful grounds of The Joy House, God was helping to reconcile families by building a biblical foundation of God’s Truth.  What we saw solidified our decision to become fellow workers in this ministry.

Since joining The Joy House, the openness and genuine love shown by the staff has helped us fell welcome and ready to begin the next chapter of our lives. Our goal is to be part of The Joy House team and to follow the greatest commandment according to Jesus in Mark 12:30. “And thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.”