“We are not trying to make them choose, We are trying to give them choices”- William H. Pierce, CEO.
Through the arts, individuals and the community will gain knowledge on abuse (physical, mental, verbal, sexual, etc), chemical dependency and the influence of gangs. They will also gain knowledge on self-esteem, positive communication skills, healthy family environment, and healthy relationships healthy living.
William H. Pierce
We want to make a change – a change in the lives of those who were discouraged or disappointed by past mistakes and/or their current situation, circumstance or status. I've wanted to make a statement to the people, a statement that would inform people that all is not lost. In 2010, 2nd Chance Outreach was created to entertain, educate, inspire, encourage and motivate adults and youth to develop positive family relationships and promote community growth bringing to life our slogan, Using Art Form to Transform.
Doris M. Green, JD
dhMitchell & Associates
Kelly V. Robinson, RN
Westat Research/Rise, Inc.
Clyde Brotherson, MHA
Faculty, School of Nursing
Director, Healthcare Partnership, C3 Fellows Minneapolis College
The Rev. William Pierce is the Founder and CEO of 2ndChance Outreach, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit that focuses on community development; closing the financial and healthcare disparities gaps among people of color; mentoring young African American males; and ministering to the incarcerated. He is also a playwright, actor, theatrical and musical producer and promoter who is actively involved in several ministries.
Pierce takes a holistic health and wellness approach when creating or producing theatrical and musical events: communities where his works are performed are beneficiaries with proceeds going to cancer screenings and research or back-to-school efforts.
Over the past 15 years, his productions have premiered and showcased across multiple venues including the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State and Orpheum Theatres, SteppingStone Theatre; Bethel University Benson Great Hall Performing Arts Center, Concordia University St. Paul, North Central Bible College and The O’Shaunessy at the College of St. Catherine; and on numerous stages across the country.
Pierce believes that Faith, Love, and Hope are the most essential aspects of one’s life interactions with God (Faith), family and others (Love); and reasons for living (Hope). He also believes that knowledge, education, and the application thereof, are crucial elements of one’s Christian growth and knowledge of God.
Pierce recently completed studies for a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary and holds degrees in Business, Christian Counseling and Marketing. He serves as an Associate Minister at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, was recently appointed by the Minnesota State Baptist Convention President to serve as the Assistant Director of the Associate Ministers’ Division; and is a member of the National Baptist Convention media team.
He is the second of six children of the late Floyd and Leora Pierce. Pierce is married to Rev. June Pierce and together they have four children: Antwan, Jermaine, Jalaya, and Janae.