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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.

Alli Burks • Worship Leader

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Alli Burks is a Virginia native and grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She moved to Chapel Hill in July 2018 with her wonderful and talented partner, Matt, after spending the previous four years in Charlottesville, VA at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing. She works full time as a nurse at Duke Regional Hospital in the Emergency Department (which is why she has developed a serious love for coffee).

From a young age, Alli developed a love for music, taking piano lessons for 13 years, voice lessons for 2, and picking up the guitar, ukulele, and banjo somewhere along the way. When she decided to turn down the opportunity to study music in college and instead pursue a career in nursing, she never would have guessed how big a role these gifts would play in her life still. Throughout her four years at the University of Virginia, she served as the Music Team Leader at the Wesley Foundation campus ministry. She is passionate about sharing music when it can bring people closer together and closer to the Lord, and she is so excited to continue getting to know this community and lead our church in time of worship.

When she is not in the hospital or sitting at the piano, Alli is probably out exploring a new running trail or indulging in some ice cream (probably vanilla). She appreciates the beauty and power of nature, and tends to feel more at home when there is any kind of body of water close by.

Alli would love to grab some coffee and/or create some beautiful music together. Connect with her through Facebook or e-mail (