Church planting runs in Matt LeRoy’s family. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., to plant a church. While attending Asbury Seminary, God called Matt to return to his hometown as a church planter. Now, Love Chapel Hill celebrates six years of incarnational ministry, marked by love, hospitality and grace, downtown.
Each week, the church holds two services in a local theater on Franklin Street. Although the church averages 200 weekly, those in the community see a much larger footprint.
Love Chapel Hill encourages its congregation to love local, whether sharing a meal with someone in need, volunteering as a tutor, giving hot chocolate to students on exam days or paying for parking on one of the busiest streets.
To those serving at Love Chapel Hill, these actions are more than random acts of kindness.
“Our name is our mission,” Matt said. “We want to love Chapel Hill with the heart of Jesus.”
The church also partners with various community outreaches to achieve their goal of loving their community with reckless abandon. Some of these include Grace on Wheels that provides transportation to those in poverty, SECU Family Housing that uses volunteers to feed and house families with loved ones in the hospital, or TABLE that feeds insecure children in the community.
Often church plants focus on families or one particular group of people. However, Love Chapel Hill doesn’t have a target audience. Instead, it seeks to impact its entire diverse community. College students compose about half of the congregation, with young families and those experiencing homelessness the rest.