Pastor Chanda M. Nunes, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, in a Christian home, by two God-fearing Seventh-day Adventist Parents.
Pastor Nunes recognized her call to ministry at the age of 9, and credits many church leaders who acknowledged this—and took a risk on her as a young person, by assigning her various leadership roles.
Pastor Nunes is a graduate of Burman University, formerly Canadian University College, (BA Religious Studies, min. Biblical Languages), & Andrews University (Masters of Divinity). She also holds associate degrees in Private Investigation & Paralegal Studies, and is also a Certified Life Coach Practitioner.
Pastor Nunes began her pastoral ministry in 2003, serving the Alberta Conference, at the College Heights SDA Church, on the campus of Burman.
From 2008-2015, Pastor Nunes served the Kansas-Nebraska Conference at the New Haven SDA, (Kansas City), and was the first Black ever to serve in the Conference, as well as the first Black woman pastor to serve in the Mid-American Union. During that time, she was Commissioned, (2011).
Pastor Nunes has served the Northern California Conference since 2015, most recently at the Capitol City SDA Church in Sacramento, CA. She is the first Black Woman Pastor to serve within the Conference. In June 2018, she was Ordained.
As of July 1, 2020, Pastor Nunes became the Lead Pastor for the Pacific Union College (PUC) Church. In this role, she will become the first Black and first Woman to serve in this capacity.
Her favorite Scripture is Psalm 91:1-2—“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Him will I trust.”