Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis
Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis appointed by Bishop Carter to serve asthe 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 inJacksonville, 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.