Farm Church is a congregation that meets on a farm and lives out the gospel by leveraging the resources of the farm to address hunger. Imagine if your church was a farm... The church could have a farm-to-table program that is farm-to-prison; farm-to-nursing home; farm-to-inner city school cafeteria. You could have Sunday school in a chicken house, and children and their families could deliver eggs to the food pantry that day! As pastors who have previously served traditional congregations, we are learning what it means to be sent two-by-two to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in a new way that reaches the spiritually hungry and institutionally suspicious. This presentation is a 'letters from the front' introduction, not just to Farm Church, but to what we are learning about the 'next church.'
The Rev. Allen Brimer is the Co-Planter of Farm Church, a new worshiping community of the PC(USA) that meets on a farm in Durham, North Carolina and lives out the gospel by leveraging the resources of the farm to address hunger. Prior to Farm Church, Allen served congregations for twelve years in Kentucky and Indiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Prior to seminary, Allen was an organic farmer and worked on farms in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Indiana. Allen is also an Adjunct Professor in Comparative Religion and is the Co-Owner and Manager of a Home Inspection company in Durham. Allen gardens, smokes barbeque, is a rabid baseball fan, and loves to make (and share) pie. Allen lives with his wife, Kerry, their two sons, Benjamin (16) and Eli (9) and various other mammals on a small farm in Durham.
The Rev. Ben Johnston-Krase is the other Co-Planter of Farm Church in Durham. Before a middle-of-the-night dream of a church on a farm transformed his sense of call to ministry, Ben served Presbyterian churches in Racine, WI and Austin, TX. Prior to earning his MDiv at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, he was a middle school language arts teacher in Illinois. Ben loves to fish, read, and play guitar in the Farm Church band, a bluegrass/gospel/Taize-styled ensemble that leads weekly worship. He and his wife Karla have three girls, Sylvia (13), Meheret (10), and Ezzy (8).
This conversation is sponsored by the School of Divinity's Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program.
Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Wingate Hall, Room 302
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106