Ann Pearce is an active member of the Handbell Musicians of America and has had the pleasure of being Highland's Director of Handbells since 1987. In that capacity, she has developed one of the most accomplished church handbell choirs (comprised of experienced adult ringers representing 5 decades) in the area. Joyfully known as "head ding-a-ling," she also founded and directed a youth handbell choir and an intergenerational handbell choir (children and their parents) for several years. In addition, she enjoys preparing herself and others to ring as a soloist and in small ensembles. As a Raleigh native, Ann didn't roam far from home to earn her Bachelor of Arts from UNC-CH and a Master's from Duke Divinity School. She is a founding member (1986) and Manager of the Raleigh Flute Choir, in which she is the contrabass flute specialist. She performs as a free-lance flutist and served twenty years as adjunct flute instructor at Saint Mary's School, in addition to maintaining her own private flute studio since she was a teenager. Her talents as an arranger and composer have been realized through numerous flute choir and handbell choir pieces, over 100 of which have been published to date and many having received awards from the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition. Also active in the field of campus ministry, Ann has been the Director of the Chaplains' Cooperative Ministry at NC State University since 1992, coordinating seventeen religious campus groups. She has been active in many other aspects of ministry at HUMC, including teaching Sunday School, starting Highland's Stephen Ministry program in 1991, and serving on staff as Program Director during the ministries of 5 different pastors. Ann and her husband, Irvin, a local architect, joined Highland in 1971. They have two married sons who reside in Indianapolis and Austin.