David Lunsford was born in 1942, during World War II, just after his father left to fight on the front lines in Germany. After the War the Lunsford family settled in the Imperial Valley area of California. There they became active in the local Pentecostal church. David's uncle was the Arizona State Preceptor of the United Pentecostal Organization. The media player is loading... David's Pastor encouraged his congregation to attend Rev. William Branham's meetings. Starting in 1945 when William Branham would come to their area, David's family would go to the meetings. When David became a teenager, his mother advised him to make an effort to go to William Branham's meetings. At that time there were many Evangelists that came through town, such as Billy Graham and Oral Roberts, but David's mother told him to watch William Branham's ministry because everything he said came to pass. The media player is loading...
In 1961, at the age of 19, David and five of his friends went to one of Rev. William Branham's meetings. It was a large convention of ten thousand people. David and his friends got their seats in the middle of the crowd. At the end of the service he witnessed several miraculous healings:
David left that meeting a zealous young man, telling his friends and family that Bible days were here again. The media player is loading... On another occasion, David and his wife were quizzed by some friends on the doctrine of Serpent's Seed, but David didn't know how to answer his friend's questions. The next day during the breakfast service "Power of Transformation", William Branham broke from his preaching, pointed to where the Lunsford family was sitting, and preached for 10 minutes on the Serpent's Seed doctrine - all the while pointing at David and his wife. David said it was as if William Branham had overheard their conversation the previous night, as he answered all of their questions.
David's father, Jack Lunsford, and a family friend named Gene Hamby were later healed during one of William Branham's meetings in 1963.