Brandon Wrencher hails from a small town in the Sandhills area of North Carolina. Since 2013 he has been serving in rural Western North Carolina as pastor of Blackburns’ Chapel United Methodist Church, a once dying rural church that in a few years has nearly doubled its congregation and has a major missional impact in the wider community. The growing vitality of the church is owed in large part to its partner community development ministry, Blackburn Community Outreach, Inc. (BCO) which leads programs in tutoring and mentoring youth, community gardening, hunger relief, intentional community, and grassroots organizing. Wrencher serves as executive director of BCO. He completed coursework from Garrett and Asbury seminaries while pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Th.M. degree at Duke Divinity School, researching and writing on the theology and politics of identity (race, class, gender, place, etc.). Wrencher writes for several Christian blogs and magazines, including Sojourners, and speaks and preaches regularly on the subjects of race, identity, missions, and community development. Brandon has served in a host of parachurch and church settings, as a campus minister at UNC Chapel Hill and with InterVarsity at the University of Chicago, and in discipleship and missional ministry roles with the AME Zion Church and other churches in the Raleigh-Durham area. Brandon is married to Erica and they have two sons, Phillip and Morris.