Tom was born on March 1, 1955 in Hanson, Kentucky to David and Marge Branson. He was married in 1979 to Connie Reehoff, a native of Chicago. Illinois. They have four children: David, Jack, Andra, and Josiah, and 10 grandchildren.
Tom studied for the ministry at Bryan College in Dayton. Tennessee, Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana and Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana, where he received a BA in Greek, a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctorate of Ministry.
The emphasis of Tom's ministry is the expository preaching of God's Word through a verse by verse exposition of the Scripture. Tom began his ministry in 1974-1977 at Zion Brick in Slaughters, Kentucky. 1980-1981 Youth Director at Grace Bible Church in Dayton, Tennessee. 1981-1983 Youth Director at Mottville Bible Church in White Pigeon, Michigan, 1984 Pastor for Pleasant View Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky and February 1989 as Pastor here at Hanson Baptist Church.