The Local Church
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Meet the Pastor

Hi, I'm Brent.

The Rev. Brent Levy is pastor, holy agitator, and spiritual entrepreneur of The Local Church. After serving for three years as Associate Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, Brent was sent to begin praying and dreaming about what God might be up to in Chatham County. He's passionate about storytelling, finding the sacred in the mundane, and he longs for The Local Church to be a place where all find belonging, where grace abounds, and where love comes alive in hands, feet, hearts, and voices.


Originally from a suburb of Richmond, Virginia, Brent is married to his wife Natalie (from the same hometown), and they have a toddler human being named Emma. They also have a cat named Lily who is great when she's sleeping, but relentlessly annoying otherwise.

An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Brent graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2015. Prior to coming to North Carolina, Brent and Natalie lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia where they attended James Madison University and helped start RISE, a United Methodist Faith Community for disconnected young adults and college students.

Brent can be bribed with burritos and coffee. Unless you have an hour to spare, don't ask him about his favorite podcasts. (Spoiler alert: The Memory Palace, 99% Invisible, and Heavyweight.) He also geeks out over U2 and Walt Disney World, is a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, occasionally teaches improv, and is a very amateur birdwatcher.

Brent would love to connect with you in all the ways people do that these days – virtually and in real life, too. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, you can email him at, or you can send a carrier pigeon.