Russ Brauneller



I was born in 1944 in a farming family of four children near Jenera, Ohio. Being next to eldest, my older brother passed down much of the work on the farm to me. I attended Arlington School for all 12 of my educational years. In 1953, while at Bible School in Jenera, Ohio, Mrs. Glada Jacobs took me to a Revival Service in Findlay and I gave my life to the Lord at the age of 9 years old.

Not knowing exactly what the Lord had in store for me, I entered the Air Force in 1963 and spent much of the time in Crete, Greece. After spending four years in the Air Force, I returned home with my new bride and found no employment. We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, where she was from and found a job in the Advertising field for about two years. While climbing the ladder, my employment led me to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company as the Art Director. While at Cooper, I decided to further my education by enrolling in Tiffin University for about two years. In 1982, the time had come to spread my wings and start a business in outdoor advertising consisting of designing and producing the paper bulletins that were to be applied on billboards. This is when Dan Kayser and my paths crossed. We produced paper for him where he was employed at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Having eight employees, it was hard to inform them one by one that the computer and the changeover from paper to vinyl for coverage of the boards meant changes for us and the downsizing of my business.

During these years, my family grew to four with the addition of a son and later a daughter. I was active in Boy Scouts of America as Scout Leader, Committee Member which continues through today. I also was active in the Community of Mount Blanchard, Ohio, through the Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church and Riverdale School System working with different youth groups.

As time went on, I was employed at Root Outdoor out of Defiance, Ohio and due to distances in travel eventually accepted employment at the Budd Company in Carey (retired in 2005). I married Betty Orwick and we began our singing duo, Jericho Road in 1998. After a few years we expanded to the quartet it is today. We lost Betty to cancer in 2005 and this was a devastating period of my life. Our music helped me through and I continued with the group for several years after. After retirement, I accepted employment at the Hancock County Agricultural Society in Findlay and served for two years on the Hancock County Fair Board.

Currently, I am active in Salem United Methodist Church, north of Findlay, playing Bass Guitar in the Praise Band and singing in special music programs. When Dan Kayser and Joe Emert asked me to be a Friday night host of a Southern Gospel Radio Program, I was surprised and wanted to give it some prayerful thought. After listening to an Afternoon Inspiration presentation by Bill Ramsey, I was struck by his closing comment about “Jesus asking his disciples to lay down their nets and follow him to fulfill the great commission”. I considered this to be a call from the Lord to accept this invitation and join the staff at NewVision FM.