Global Ministries welcomes new Director of The Advance and Fundraising


The Reverend Russell Pierce, an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference, and 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). 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 both 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.

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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