Philanthropic Hero Biography
Reverend Ann A. Pearson
Reverend Pearson, Pastor of Community United Methodist
Church of North Canton, Connecticut, recently inherited $1,000 from her Uncle
John, the inspiration for her faith in God and charitable works. Wanting to
inspire an ethic of caring and a lifetime of service in others as her Uncle
John had inspired in her, Reverend Pearson decided to give $10 to each of her
parishioners to then give to a cause of their choice. Many folks had not
realized how many avenues for giving there were until they really listened with
intention, she has said. With their Uncle John money, adults
brought new opportunities for community service into the church. Reverend
Pearson then published the stories of her parishioners' philanthropy in
the Church's bulletin, which profoundly influenced each participant to
engage in their own journey of giving.
In addition to her pastoral duties at two churches, Rev.
Pearson serves as a member of the Bishop's Task Force for Children and
Poverty, on the executive board of Focus on Canton, an outreach program of the
six churches in Canton; and a member of the Council on Ministries of the New
York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is chair of the
Central Connecticut District Council on Ministries and a member of the Central
Connecticut District Committee for Ordination.