Congregational Transformation

Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis

Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis appointed by Bishop Carter to serve as the Gulf Central District Superintendent starting September 1st 2016. Candace served in Extension Ministries for seven years as an Associate General Secretary in the New Church Starts Division and as Executive Director of Path1 New Church Starts at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN. Her work included serving as a chief visionary and relentless advocate for creating new places for new people through planting new churches and new faith communities and revitalizing existing congregations. As Executive Director she managed a team of thirteen who worked full and part time serving in each jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church in the United States. She has traveled across the USA and to Germany and South Korea resourcing and equipping church leaders. She also serves as a consultant, coach, and resource person to Bishops, Conference Developers, and Church Planters in starting and maintaining New Churches. She is a sought after preacher, speaker, teacher, facilitator and presenter for National and Regional church conferences and leadership events.

She is an Ordained Elder in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the founding Pastor of the New Life Community UMC, where she served from 1997 – 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Seminary in May 1996. In June 2000, she graduated from the Harvard Divinity School’s Summer Leadership Institute on Faith based Community Economic Development. She completed her Doctorate in Ministry degree in Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC graduating in May 2014. Candace enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, travel and meeting new people.

Maggie Corrigan
Administrative Assistant
Maggie moved with her husband Grant and 2 of their 5 children to Florida in 1997. Soon after, they all became very involved at St. Paul UMC in Largo. In April of 2002, she started working in the St. Petersburg District Office as the District Administrative Assistant and has been there through the transition to the Gulf Central District. Maggie truly enjoys working in the District office and in her spare time family takes center stage.  

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Steve Potter

District Coordinator of Congregational Vitality

Steve is a member of Harvest United Methodist Church of Bradenton and has been on staff of the Gulf Central District as the Congregational Vitality coordinator since 2010. Steve supports the Congregational Vitality team.

As a transformational coach for Pastors and Leaders he provides individual coaching for pastors and team coaching for church staff and lay leadership. Steve has received training in Natural Church Development from Church Smart, International Coaching Federation standards for coaching by On Purpose Ministries, Grip-Birkman Coach training from Church Smart and Birkman International and Conflict Coaching and Mediation from Peacemaker Ministries.

Steve attended Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1968, graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu in 1974, and earned a MPA from the University of Oklahoma in 1991. He retired from Tropicana in Bradenton before beginning his work for the Gulf Central District.

Steve works half-time directly coaching churches and recruiting, training, and assigning coaches to deploy teams which support churches in the following areas: Coaching, counselling, finance and auditing, peacemaking.

He is available to work with pastors to help their church as needed. You may contact Steve for more information about this at spotter@flumc.org or 941-737-4166. He is also available for advice from churches interested in learning more about ministries of congregational vitality. Email Steve

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