Track: The Church
Presenter: Brandon Wrencher
Brandon is a minister, organizer, writer, and trainer. He works across the US within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersections of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities. As a serial innovator and church planter, Brandon’s latest venture is starting The Good Neighbor Movement (GNM) with a team of friends and neighbors. GNM is a multiracial, queer-affirming, Black-led that is a network of spiritually-rooted activist groups based in Greensboro, NC. Brandon is a full connection elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves on several local and national faith-based and social justice committees and boards. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary, and completed post-graduate studies in theology and ethics from Duke Divinity School. Rooted in his formation in the Black Church, Brandon’s visionary leadership has spanned rural, small town, and urban communities in North Carolina and Chicago. Brandon is a teaching faculty with Neighborhood Seminary, coach with V3 Church Planting Movement, and facilitator with Faith Matters Network. Brandon is part of the Liberating Church Project, a research collaborative decolonizing new and established expressions of church, and that has a forthcoming book entitled Liberating Church: A 21st Century Hush Harbor Manifesto (self-published). Brandon also writes for Sojourners, The Other Journal, Missio Alliance and other publications. He has two other forthcoming books with Baker Academic, Grassroots Church and Justice: Gathering for a New World. Brandon is married to his best friend and high school sweetheart Erica, who is a cultural and social justice educator. They have two sons Phillip (7) and Morris (4).