Leadership

Get to know some of the folks leading our network.

 

Rev. Brandon Wrencher

Pastor

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Brandon Wrencher is a minister and organizer working within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersections of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities. Brandon is a provisional elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves on several faith-based 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 small towns and the Black Church, Brandon’s visionary leadership has spanned rural, small town and urban communities in North Carolina and Chicago. Brandon is married to Erica, a public educator and altogether cooler and more spiritual person than Brandon! They have two sons Phillip (5) and Morris (2). Brandon enjoys hip-hop and soul music, good coffee and beer (but not at the same time!), oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, cookouts, reading, deep conversations, belly laughs, college basketball (Go HEELS!), wrestling and dancing with his sons, and quality time with his wife and best friend Erica.

 
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Kelly Florence

Facilitator - Ole Asheboro City Village

Kelly attended Appalachian State University and immediately after lived in an intentional community in rural NC, where she was active in lay leadership in the United Methodist Church. She recently moved to Greensboro with her husband and son, and has found ways to connect to people in the neighborhood. Currently, she works from home and gets the privilege of chasing her 2-year-old son around. Kelly loves singing, seeing God in all people, and speaking life into the broken-hearted.

 
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Andrew Florence

Facilitator - Ole Asheboro City Village

Andrew has always called North Carolina home, growing up in rural Orange County, and most recently moving to Greensboro from the High Country. Andrew has worked in child welfare—primarily foster care and youth mental health—and is an advocate for access to meaningful programs for youth, especially in the outdoors. In addition to youth development, Andrew is passionate about recreation and inclusivity. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing the banjo, gardening, and being outside with family and neighbors.

 

Erica Wrencher

Facilitator - Ole Asheboro City Village

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Erica Wrencher is a public educator, speaker, vocalist, and activist working with schools, churches, and neighborhoods to build beloved communities. Erica is a high school history teacher in Guilford County Schools in North Carolina. She is passionate about mobilizing students to make connections between the past and the present to realize their responsibility in bending the shape of history toward justice and peace. Her teaching and faith-rooted community leadership spans urban and rural contexts in North Carolina and Chicago. Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of North Carolina at Chapel. She enjoys leading worship, and eating good food and drinking good wine with her community and family. Erica is married to her best friend Brandon and they are the parents of two sons, Phillip and Morris.

 

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FACILITATOR - DOWNTOWN CITY VILLAGE

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I was born in Findlay, Ohio and we moved to Raleigh, North Carolina when I was young. After a brief move back to Ohio, we came back to Raleigh and I grew up there.

I graduated Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a degree in psychology. After working in management for almost 20 years, I am now starting a new chapter in my work life. Law has always interested me and I will be starting paralegal studies this fall. I firmly believe that people are never too old to learn and that everyone should learn something new each day-it keeps your mind active and growing.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, woodworking, refinishing furniture, remodeling projects, reading and learning about history. I am a devoted fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Yankees, and anyone playing Michigan or the Red Sox.

I was baptized in the United Methodist Church and attended regularly when young. After being distanced from the church for many years, several acts of God came together and brought me to The Good Neighbor Movement this year. I am enjoying getting involved with the church and the community to make life better for everyone in our city.