Wendell Brane grew up in the Markle area, graduating from Norwell High School in 1972. After working 10 years as a brick mason, he entered the ministry, serving a church in Decatur, Indiana from 1982 to 1989. During those years as a pastor, he became an outspoken advocate for unborn children, speaking in area churches, leading demonstrations at the Duemling Clinic and Women’s Health Organization, and serving on the boards of the Christian Action Council and the Adams County Council on Pregnancy.
In 1989 he left the pastorate to devote his energies full time to the pro-life effort, leading Northeast Indiana Rescue. The eventful years of NEIR involved numerous rescues, life chains, rallies, and demonstrations at abortion clinics, homes of abortionists, and government offices. Thousands of Christians became involved in the efforts to save babies and expose abortion as a horrible evil. As to be expected, Wendell was subjected to numerous arrests and lawsuits.
Wendell now serves as pastor of Church of the Lamb here in Fort Wayne and continues to be a regular fixture on Thursday mornings on Webster street. In a couple of months he and his wife Terry will celebrate their 25th anniversary. They are also the proud grandparents of their daughter’s unborn child, due the end of February. Because of Wendell’s faithfulness to Jesus Christ and his commitment to the unborn regardless of the personal cost. we are pleased to honor him with the second annual Telemachus Award.
The bio above was submitted at the time of the award presentation.