Dr. Nannette Pierson was born in Newark, NJ and after graduating from Essex County Girls Vocational and Technical High School in North Newark, receiving her Cosmology License, she enjoyed the next 20 years of success in business and in raising a family. Then she felt called to continue her education, receiving three earned degrees: -Bachelor of Arts Degree from Drew University of Madison, NJ; – Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary of Princeton, NJ; and – Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew Theological School of Madison, NJ. She went on to teach New Testament studies at Assumption College for Sisters in Mendham, NJ. and after receiving her M.Div. in 2000 was appointed by the Diocesan Bishop to be the Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in NJ. In 2002, she was called to be the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon in NJ, her hometown, where she served three years before moving to SC. Dr. Pierson believes, “we are Church wherever we stand” and when she arrived at SC in 2008 she wasted no time in opening the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry where she fed the first five families on February 17, 2009. Today, 11 years later she serves over 850 island families throughout the year. Her only desire was to serve those who hunger for food, clean water, and a renewed spirit. Why? Because Hunger Hurts and Hunger pains deny dignity, deplete energy, and thus one’s potential. Hunger erodes the family, the community, and its stability, impairing the potential of people to achieve independence. In the midst of her getting dirty with the dignity, she became a member of Queen Chapel AMEC in 2015 when the Pantry moved to this location. Dr. Pierson began hearing the call to ministry in the AME Church and was given the license to preach and admitted to the SC Annual Conference. Ordained by Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green Sr. as an Itinerant Elder on her Birthday, September 27th, at the South Carolina Annual Conference in 2019 and assigned to Campbell Chapel of Bluffton, SC. where she serves with the ministry team led by the guiding hand of Dr. Jon R. Black who often refers to Dr. Pierson, in a warm-hearted way, as an “Ecumenic.” Outside of ministry, Nannette loves nature and the ocean, practices yoga and meditation, loves traveling yearly to India to fast and ascend mountains, enjoys cycling and kayaking and most of all she loves her three children and five grandchildren that are the most precious gifts from God and the joys of her life. Just one of her many favorite verses, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7