Brand, Edward Parish was born on August 9, 1854 in Laurel Point, near Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. Son of Alexander W. and Sarah (Bussey) Brand.
Graduate West Virginia State Normal School, Fairmont, West Virginia, 1878. Studied West Virginia State University, 1882, 83. Studied Newton Theological Institution, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, 1884, 85.
Doctor of Divinity, Ewing College, 1906, Shurtleff College, 1916.
Ordained Baptist ministry, 1878. Pastor various chs., Pennsylvania, O., Kansas, and Illinois, 1885-1898. Superintendent Illinois Baptist State Convention, 1898-1921.
Trustee Shurtleff College, Alton, Illinois.
Editor public Illinois Baptist Annual, 1898-1921, Illinois Baptist Bulletin, 1909-1921. Secretary Illinois Baptist Convention Moneys and Properties.