Pastor Brent Carl
Pastor Brent accepted Jesus as his Savior as a young teenager, when he was beginning to resolve some challenges from his earlier home life. When he was 16, he felt the call to ministry, wanting to help other young people who’d had similar experiences. He attended Baptist Bible College, now called Clarks Summit University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry. Then, he earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Philadelphia Biblical University, now called Cairn University. Pastor Brent has been in full-time ministry for 28 years, with the first 15 spent as a student-ministries pastor, focusing on teenagers and college students. He did missionary work, then spent five years as pastor of the English-speaking group at a Chinese church, prior to receiving a call to Union Church in 2015. Brent is married to Bonnie and they have two teenage children, Serena and Ethan.
Having found the personal joy of serving God, family and others, Brent is devoted to helping people find the joy of faith in a living God who loves unconditionally and forgives through faith in Christ. He’s passionate about the Word of God and the power of God to transform lives through His saving grace. Pastor Brent preaches and teaches from the Bible, with a strong emphasis on how the lessons of faith are relevant in peoples’ lives today. This includes helping others discover and use their God-given gifts. He is community minded and wants Union Church to be a beacon of hope in Rockville and beyond.
Union Church adopted two villages in Senegal, Africa in 2007. Each year, a group representing the church visits Tounde and Ndakar to share the love of God, and help these new friends advance in many tangible ways; such as: providing mosquito nets to prevent malaria and funding a health hut to assist with their medical needs. Pastor Brent and his daughter Serena have been on the Senegal trip for two years, with hopes of many more visits to these friends who’ve captured their hearts. Locally, Brent and Bonnie regularly carve out time to visit some of Union’s sick and shut-in members, bringing the love of God with them. They also make it a priority to have precious family time, realizing their young-adult children are growing up quickly. Loving God and loving His people. That about sums it up best for Pastor Brent.