The Local Church
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The Lead Team

Meet the Team

Since the summer of 2017, this team has gathered regularly to pray and dream and discern this new faith community into existence. They are the dreamers and doers with vision and heart. They’re the faithful pioneers who help make God’s dream a reality in our corner of creation. Meet the Lead Team of The Local Church.


LEE BOWMAN

Where did you grow up?

Fayetteville, NC

Describe the perfect pizza.

Any from the Roost on a Friday night enjoyed outside!

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Psalm 70

What do you love most about Chatham County?

the diverse landscape and people

What does it mean to be a Local?

I love the commitment to community, the sense of familiarity, and the strong connections that are made.


LAUREN FRADY

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Where did you grow up?

Columbia, MD

Describe the perfect pizza.

There's just something comforting about a good cheese pizza. To anyone out there who thinks that's boring... Haters gonna hate.

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Ecclesiastes 3:1a - "To every thing there is a season" on my wrist.

What do you love most about Chatham County?

All the new restaurants — Town Hall Burger and Beer is my go-to.

What does it mean to be a Local?

Being a Local is all about journeying with God, loving your neighbor, and building community. But what do I love MOST about The Local Church? I love that The Local Church is passionate about creating an inclusive environment and making a difference in the world around us, starting with those closest to us in Chatham and Orange Counties. I love that The Local Church forces you to interact with your faith and really grapple with the hard questions, because religion is not meant to be passive. I love that by becoming involved with Local Tables, we are building deep friendships and a network of people who care about one another. I love that The Local Church is accessible, no matter where you are in your faith journey, and it extends the invitation to travel alongside others who are in a surprisingly similar place. I love that The Local Church is about being authentic and vulnerable, since I think that is crucial to deep transformation. I love that The Local Church is always surprising people - focusing on small groups rather than big weekly worship, meeting for meaningful conversation at a bar, being welcoming of ALL people. Being a Local means that you belong here.


WES FRADY

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Where did you grow up?

Lexington, NC

Describe the perfect pizza.

Pizza Hut Pan Meat Lovers

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Isaiah 40:31 — across my shoulders above my eagle wing tattoo

What do you love most about Chatham County?

All the local food and drink places.

What does it mean to be a Local?

It doesn't matter where you are — here are the other side of the world. The best places to go are local.


JIMMY GARZONI

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Where did you grow up?

Monroe, NC

Describe the perfect pizza.

Breaded chicken with fresh garlic… with ranch replacing the pizza sauce.

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Matthew 22:35-40 on the side of my calf, for love is what all of the laws are held up on.

What do you love most about Chatham County?

I love that it feels like a small town but is progressive and trying new things.

What does it mean to be a Local?

The friendship and community that I have made with my neighbors and the sense that I belong to something bigger than myself.


Susan Harris

Where did you grow up?

in the small town of Pinetops, NC

Describe the perfect pizza.

One I’m sharing with friends

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Hmm, let me think about that…

What do you love most about Chatham County?

I love that it’s really easy to be in nature. To feel it, see it, hear it, experience it. There are great places to hike, paddle, and bird watch.

What does it mean to be a Local?

It means to share in the intimacy of Local Tables.


KRISTA JETT

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Where did you grow up?

Lewisburg, WV

Describe the perfect pizza.

My husband John has been making amazing homemade pizza crusts on weekends. I top my personal pizza with pizza sauce, pesto, spices, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach — phenomenal! Yes, I eat the whole thing.

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Philippians 4:13 "For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." on the back of my shoulder

What do you love most about Chatham County?

I love the small-town vibe and sense of community in Chatham County. I love taking my children to story time at the Chatham Community Library, taking them for a walk around the trail at the community college, visiting the chickens and campus garden, then stopping at Phoenix Bakery along the trail--all in one outing! What more could my 2 preschoolers want?! Chances are, we'll run into at least 5 people we know.

What does it mean to be a Local?

I love the unconditional sense of love and belonging — for me, my husband, my children. That same acceptance is extended to all.


STEPHAN MARGESON

Where did you grow up?

Dothan, AL (mostly)

Describe the perfect pizza.

My dad makes an awesome pizza dough from scratch. Our favorite combination is a pesto base with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta added at the end.

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

2 Chronicles 20:12b — "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you." probably on my inner bicep.

What do you love most about Chatham County?

I have loved the people. I'm new to the area and so every place has been new, but the people I have encountered have been the only thing familiar. The people I have met at the Local Tables have been amazing and have made whatever place I am in worth the while.

What does it mean to be a Local?

The peak of being a local, for me, comes at that moment where I can confidently give directions to someone who asks. I cannot by any means do that in Chatham County. However, I feel confident I can do that when someone asks for direction to a church community. As a Local I feel proud and excited to share with someone new what The Local Church is about and how they can come and see. I believe in what this community is doing, and I want to share that with others.


Catherine Neal

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Where did you grow up?

Stone Mountain, GA (mostly)

Describe the perfect pizza.

Thin crust with thin slices of zucchini on top (and no garlic butter on the crust)!

If you could have any bible verse as a tattoo, what would it be, and where would you put it?

Psalm 46:10 inside my right wrist, so I'd see it before I pick up my phone (or whatever). It would help me remember to be still with God.

What do you love most about Chatham County?

The Carolina Tiger Rescue

What does it mean to be a Local?

It means being connected and present where and with whom I am!


Bios Coming Soon:

Katie Barnett
Colleen Sharp
Steve Sharp