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Global Ministries Welcomes New Director of The Advance and Fundraising

The Reverend Russell Pierce, an experienced non-profit leader and strategist, joined the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries as its new Director of The Advance and Fundraising on April 10, 2017, following his role as Senior Director of Funds Development with Church World Service (CWS).

The Reverend Russell Pierce


Of his new position, Pierce says “It has long been a dream of mine to serve The United Methodist Church as part of the team at Global Ministries. I’ve seen first-hand the impact of the work Global Ministries and UMCOR has on communities around the world and congregations who support them.”

During his tenure with Church World Service (CWS), a faith-based non-profit headquartered in New York City, Pierce led a team connecting US-based congregations, individuals, foundations, and communities with sustainable development and emergency response opportunities in over 30 countries. Prior to CWS, Pierce served appointments at UM-related Dakota Wesleyan University, led one of the Red Bird mission agencies, and served as a pastor in the US and abroad. Pierce has earned two Master’s degrees; a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

“Russ brings valuable knowledge of the church, and the generous, helping spirit of United Methodists,” Kemper said, “and we are honored to attract someone of his professional experience, theological preparation, and skill.”

Russ and his wife, the Reverend Kathy Barba Pierce, who are members of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, and their children, Aidan and Clare, are currently in the process of relocating to the Atlanta area.

About The Advance

The Advance is the official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Through The Advance, United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local churches, and organizations, as well as individuals and families, may choose to support mission programs or mission personnel with their financial gifts. Each project of The Advance has been vetted and approved by members of the staff of The Advance and Global Ministries.

About the General Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries,, is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church. A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission. As a biblically-rooted and historically-informed organization, Global Ministries facilitates engagement in God's mission.