Rev. Willie W. Branch, Jr.
Rev. Branch served in the US Navy from 1971 until 1983. Served on the USS Hancock CVA-19 (HMSN/RMSN), USS Spruance DD963 (SN/DSSN/DP3), USS Shenandoah AD26 (DP2/DP1) and NRPC New Orleans, LA (DP1/DPC).
Rev. Branch is originally from Houston, Texas and moved to Florida in 1995. He worked for the City of Tampa and a few other companies in the Tampa area until he moved to Ormond Beach in 2009. He then became involved with the American Legion Post, Ormond Beach Police and the Volusia County Sheriff office.
Rev. Branch served as Post 267 and District 17 Chaplain. He is currently Post 187 Commander. Further he was Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, October, 1995, after five years of study to become a minister. He has pastored multiple churches in Texas and in Florida. In 2009, he was stationed in Ormond Beach, Florida to pastor Historic New Bethel A.M.E. Church where he joined the Cassin Young Memorial Post 267. He gives the benediction each year at the annual Memorial celebration in Ormond Beach, where he also has served as Police Chaplain and Chaplain of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office until January, 2015, when he resigned focusing his energy into his duties as Commander and District Chaplain. In addition to duties at the post he serves as Chairman of the Ormond Beach Housing Authority Board. A dedicated man of the Cloth who serves the people of all races and religions, practicing “being a servant and not being served.”
His numerous volunteer work in the community includes;
Minister African Methodist Episcopal Church, (1990 – Present), (Retired Pastor 2012)
Member of Forty and Eight Post 294, Volusia County (2012 – Present)
Chaplain Florida Hospital Ormond Beach (2009 – Present)
Chairman, Ormond Beach Housing Authority Board (2013 – Present)
Member of HAMA, Halifax Area Ministerial Alliance (2010 – Present)
Member of Florida Crisis Response Team (2011 – Present)
Volusia County Crisis Response Team (2012 – Present)
Member of Ormond Beach Memorial Day Planning Committee (2011 – Present)
Judge Advocate District 17 American Legion 2019 – Present
Commander Orange Baker American legion Post 187 (Deland) 2019 – Present