Bishop Carter Announces Changes to District Leadership
|Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis|
Gammon Theological Seminary, located in Atlanta, today announced that Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis has been elected to serve as the school’s 17th president-dean. Dr. Lewis currently serves as the Superintendent of the Gulf Central District in the Florida Conference and oversees conference-wide new church development work. She will begin her tenure on April 1, 2021.
“Dr. Candace Lewis has been a very effective superintendent with the Gulf Central District, and a transformational leader in our anti-racism initiative. Her background in new church development and congregational vitality has strengthened our cabinet’s focus, and her inclusive vision has led us to take steps toward more diverse leadership over the past five years," said Florida Conference Bishop Ken Carter. "We will miss her presence at our cabinet table, and yet at the same time we celebrate the singularly important witness of Gammon Theological Seminary and see her call to the presidency as a work of the Holy Spirit. Our prayers and support will go with Dr. Lewis as she assumes the presidency of Gammon."
Dr. Lewis’ district responsibilities will be divided between Director of Missional Engagement Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans and Director of Connectional and Justice Ministries Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin, through December 31, 2021.
"Dr. Sharon Austin and Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans are respected leaders in the Florida Conference”, Bishop Carter commented. "Both have experience as superintendents, Clarke in the former Miami District and Sharon in the former South Central District. The church is in a moment of transition in many ways—living through COVID, impending decisions about denominational structure—and in consultation with a number of leaders it seemed best to care for our near-term missional needs in this way. I am deeply grateful to Sharon and Clarke for their willingness to serve in this way alongside their duties in Connectional Ministries and Missional Engagement, respectively. I give thanks for their flexibility and I know their leadership will be a blessing to the churches of the Gulf Central District."
Dr. Lewis noted, “I will miss serving, innovating and growing with our amazing Gulf Central District—Maggie, Beth, pastors and laity. I am grateful for the blessings and full support of Bishop Carter, the Florida Conference Cabinet, and staff as I answer this call of servant leadership in theological education. Informed by my season of ministry here, inspired by the changing landscape of ministry, and walking faithfully with God, I believe Gammon Seminary, its students, staff and trustees will be led into a prosperous future.”