From the playground at Granite Falls Elementary to the South Caldwell Spartans’ football team, Brandon Church loved being a part of the Western North Carolina community. He believed it shaped him into the outstanding dad, brother, son, chef and songwriter that he was.
Brandon always wanted to give back to the community; to help provide opportunities and memories like he had growing up. Unfortunately, we lost “Big B” in 2018, but his desire to make a difference still endures to this day.
That’s why Brandon’s family established The Brandon Eugene Church Legacy Foundation. The 501(c)(3) organization works to honor Brandon’s memory – and to continue his dedication and devotion to the community – through philanthropic and charitable endeavors.
The Brandon Eugene Church Legacy Foundation is dedicated to the long-term growth and success of Caldwell and surrounding counties. From sponsoring events to raising funds, the Foundation’s mission is to give back to the community in the way Brandon would have wanted.
Brandon Church was a jack of all trades. He was an award-winning songwriter, an accomplished chef and a proud student athlete at South Caldwell High School. In honor of his memory, the Brandon Eugene Church Legacy Foundation awards scholarships to students in pursuit of the creative and culinary arts.
Brandon Church was born on Aug. 17, 1981, in Catawba County, North Carolina. As a child of the ’80s, Brandon and his friends at Granite Falls Elementary formed tight bonds over their love of Transformers, Voltron and Tar Heels basketball. This tight group, who would eventually become known as the “BAM BAM Group,” remained close all the way up until Brandon’s untimely passing.
Brandon served as Student Body President at South Caldwell High School and was also co-captain of the Spartans football team. Playing football in high school was one of his greatest loves in life. He enjoyed the game, but it was the camaraderie and fellowship that spoke to him most. He also played football his freshman year at Appalachian State University.
After graduating from college, Brandon became successful in several different fields. He turned his love of cooking into an accomplished career as a chef. His passion for music and songwriting also led to success. In 2007, Brandon won an ASCAP awarded for writing “How ‘Bout You,” one of ASCAP’s most performed songs of the year.
But the role Brandon loved most was being a father. His daughter, McKenzie, was the light of his life. Brandon was always good at connecting with people and loved being of service, and fatherhood only amplified that.
Photo (left to right): Ken Church, McKenzie Church and Brandon Church
The Brandon Eugene Church Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All charitable contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Our Tax ID Number is 86-3322402.
Your donations help us support, uplift and encourage the proud citizens of Caldwell and surrounding counties within North Carolina through educational grants and scholarships, community projects and sponsorships.