The Rev. Russell Pierce, Executive Director, Mission Engagement
The Rev. Russell (Russ) Pierce is executive director of mission engagement at the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. His unit encompasses marketing, fundraising, communications, the Center for Mission Innovation, and The Advance, which is the designated mission giving channel of the church. Mission Engagement seeks to deepen the engagement of individuals, congregations, and annual conferences with the work of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). He joined the staff in 2017 following three years with Church World Service, the ecumenical relief and development agency.
A native of North Carolina and an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, Russ has pastored congregations ranging in size from 8 to 2,200. He did his seminary work at Duke Divinity School and earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame, Indiana. He and his wife, the Rev. Kathy Barba Pierce, also a member of the Western North Carolina Conference, have two children, Clare and Aiden.