Brenner LeCompte is an international speaker, author and apostle on a mission to set the hearts of old and young alike on fire with the transforming power of the Gospel message.
Brenner’s talks are full of vibrant stories from the incredible journey God has led him down in the past 35 years, from growing up as one of 12 kids in the bayous of South Louisiana to living a religious life of poverty, chastity and obedience in Ireland to working for one of the largest investment banks in the world in the financial capital of work, New York City.
Brenner’s intense awareness of the shortness of this life and passion for translating the power of the gospel message for a modern audience has pushed him to write, teach and preach Christ to both adults and youth in many venues (Keynotes, confirmation retreats, catholic school retreat leader, parish missions, talks at Catholic colleges and universities, Theology on Taps, men’s conferences, regional and national conferences. He aired on NET TV In the Arena. Brenner is currently working on three books due out soon: What Did He Just Say: Gospel Reflections for Prayer & Action, Tying the Financial Knot: 25 financial lessons before you say I Do, and Raising Alpha Catholic: How millennials can pass on the faith in changing world.
Brenner holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy and a Master in Finance from Fordham University, New York, New York
Brenner lived as a religious from 2002 to 2009 as served as a retreat leader, formation director for religious, vice rector of a seminary and director of apostolic works (youth and adult ministry). Since 2010 he has served as youth minister for St John Parish in Darien, CT and currently as Director of Youth Ministry for St Mary Parish, Ridgefield CT (his home parish) where they run high school, middle school and elementary school youth ministry programs year round. He also serves as Co-Chair for the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council for the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT established by Bishop Frank Caggiano in 2019 to meet the evolving needs of the young church in the diocese. He has lead the faith and finance seminar for the Pre-Canna Program, three to Get Married in the Archdiocese of New York since 2012.
Brenner married his wife Kristen in 2011 and now live in Ridgefield CT with their 3 children. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing and training for triathlons with his wife.
Brenner prefers to work closely with event organizers to craft a talk or keynote specifically for your event and audicance. He does not believ that one size fits all. The Themes below are just meant to give some ideas of what he has done in the past:
Parish Mission Themes (Designed in 1, 2 or 3 evening settings):
- Unpacking the Theological Virtues
- Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for the lay person
- The healings of Jesus
- The parables of Jesus
Being a Teen in 2020 – This talk is geared towards teen retreats, conference and high school assemblies. Brenner helps teenagers take a look at their identity – he challenges them with the fundamental question of life, Who Are You? And unpacks the difference between who God is calling them to be and who society tells them they are. Brenner shares his own story about how he choose to live his faith even when society was saying something different.
Vocation Testimony in this talk Brenner shares his personal vocation story from leaving home at a young age to finish school 2,000 miles from home and then living internationally for 2 years as a missionary to meeting and discerning marriage. Brenner teaches youth how to be open and follow Gods path for your life no matter the twists and turns and how this ultimately leads to true happiness.
The Most Addictive Drug in the world - Brenner addresses the growing epidemic of pornography in our society and it disastrous effect on our youth and society. Brenner will give practical how to’s for combating and overcoming this terrible vice.
Sent – The Transformative Power of Confirmation – in this talk Brenner shares his own conversion that took place around confirmation and how the power of the Holy Spirit, when we allow him to work, can transform our lives in ways we could never imagine.
Raising Alpha Catholics - The Alpha generation are the children of the Millennial generation. This generation is truly growing up in the postmodern world. The structures and safety rails that, while shaky, were present in past are completely gone. Even support structures like parish based religious education are disappearing. This talk shares the key points parents or grandparents need to know to raise the Alpha Generation Catholic.
Tying the Financial Knot - 50% of marriage end in divorce and 50% of those divorces are due to some financial strain on the relationship. Designed for pre-cana weekends but applicable to all couples regardless of how long you have been married this talk looks at the virtues and practical tools every couple needs when it comes to their personal finances.
Keeping Kids Safe Online - Technology is everywhere and has consumed many of the younger generation. With notifications for games, social media, texts and more, our phones are often ringing, dinging, or vibrating. Many of those phones are in the hands of young people, leading professionals and parents to ask: How do you know your child is being safe in this digital world where we live? Computers and mobile devices with online access can put children's safety at risk. In this talk we will address the latest and most popular apps among children, cyber-bullying, digital footprints and sexting. What parents should be watching for and solutions to monitor online activity.
How to bring young people back to Church - A recent Pew Research Center study found that half of young Americans (50 percent exactly) who were raised Catholic no longer identify as Catholic today. It’s not enough to just sit back and hope our children will return. We need a proven road map. In this talk we will look at 7 simple strategies you can use right now to draw youth & young families back to the church. This is designed for catechist, youth ministers, parents and grandparents.