By Ashley Eisele
The Pacific Union College Church welcomed new Lead Pastor Chanda Nunes in late summer, after more than a yearlong search to find the right candidate.
“Pastoring a campus church is an exciting and unique experience!” said Pastor Nunes. “You have great resources at hand, the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, energy and insight from all age ranges, and the desire to come together to learn and to lift up Jesus!”
Pastor Nunes was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and is a graduate of Burman University, formerly Canadian University College, (B. A. in Religious Studies, with a minor in Biblical Languages) and Andrews University (Master of Divinity). She also holds associate degrees in Private Investigation and Paralegal Studies and is a Certified Life Coach Practitioner.
She began her pastoral ministry in August 2003, serving the Alberta Conference at the College Heights church on the campus of Burman. From 2008 to 2015, Pastor Nunes served the Kansas-Nebraska Conference at the New Haven church and was the first Black pastor ever to serve in the conference, as well as the first Black woman pastor to serve in the Mid-American Union. During her time there, in 2011, she was commissioned.
Pastor Nunes has served in the Northern California Conference since 2015, most recently at the Capitol City church in Sacramento. She is the first Black woman pastor to serve within the conference. In June 2018, she was ordained.
“My biggest hope for right now,” Nunes said, “is that this pandemic will cease and that we have an opportunity to come back together as a church family to experience the love and fellowship that we have been missing all these months.”
PUC Church Welcomes Lead Pastor Chanda Nunes
By Ashley Eisele