Two years ago, the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson founded the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry out of her own pocket. Today, her efforts are helping to feed more than 400 local families.
The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson spent more than a dozen years in school and seminary training to become a minister, but when the moment came to be ordained, she balked.
“There were certain tenets that you must profess, and I didn’t agree with them. I didn’t feel they were centered on love,” says Pierson, who says she especially disagreed with the church’s stance on homosexuals.
The decision meant she could preach but not be the head pastor at a church. Yet for a woman who had dreamed of being a priest since she was a little girl, the choice came with no regrets. “It was the best decision I ever made, because it freed me to believe we are church. Wherever we stand,” Pierson says.