Brent Carl leaves MFB New England
"I am absolutely convinced that nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus has embraced us."
This is one of Brent Carl's favorite quotes from the Apostle Paul (Romans 8:38-39). It continues to grace the wall of our Volunteer Manager office, offering an ongoing reminder of Brent's even calmness, kindly influence, and deep faith in his Lord.
Brent was hired as Operations Manager in April 2021 when MFB New England was still a concept. He brought a passion for serving and sharing the love of Christ and a willingness to help wherever needed. Brent helped plan and execute our initial division launch in November of 2021.
In February of 2021, as the division grew and our needs expanded, Brent gladly assumed the new role of Volunteer and Community Relations Manager. This provided him the opportunity to use his pastoral experience and heart for others to connect with people and help create a Christ-centered culture. His warm approach and gentle demeanor fostered a welcoming environment which volunteers appreciated.
In late October 2022, Brent became seriously ill and had to take a break from working. In late December of 2022, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and had to leave MFB. More than a thousand volunteers came through the door while Brent was Volunteer Manager, and many continue to ask about his health and offer prayers and support.
"Brent treated everyone who came in the door with love and respect," shared Jan Young, Executive Director of MFB New England. "He was key in building our culture of joy and harmony in working together. Nobody is easier to talk to than Brent, and all the volunteers love him!"
Brent recently came into the food bank to visit and reminisce. One of his special memories is sharing an "it's actually working" high five with Jan at an early load-out after months of "in a few weeks we'll know more" (which he is still saying). Brent loved soaking in the joy on the faces of the many volunteers he trained and encouraged.
"As a follower of Jesus, it was amazing to have the opportunity to freely share Christ's love at work every day," Brent related. "It was wonderful to be part of a team who shared a common mission."
Brent is blessed with a lovely wife, Bonnie, and two children, Ethan and Serena. We miss Brent and ask you to join us in prayer for him and his family.
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