|Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis|
She will succeed Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on September 1.
“I am delighted that Dr. Candace Lewis will serve as superintendent of the Gulf Central District,” Bishop Carter said. “She is one of the most respected leaders in our denomination, and her expertise in developing new faith communities will be relevant to the churches of her district and of great benefit to all of us.
“We are excited to welcome Candace ‘home’ to the Florida Conference!"
Rev. Lewis currently serves as an associate general secretary in the New Church Starts Division and as the executive director of Path1 New Church Starts at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tenn. Her work includes serving as a chief visionary and relentless advocate for creating new places for new people through planting new churches and new faith communities.
She also serves as a consultant, coach and resource person to bishops, conference developers and church planters in starting and maintaining new churches.
Rev. Lewis is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and the founding pastor of the New Life Community UMC, where she served from 1997 to 2009 in Jacksonville, Fla.
In 2004 and 2008 she was a delegate to the General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. She has traveled extensively in mission and ministry to countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Hong Kong, China, Ghana, South Korea and Germany.
She is a graduate of the University of Florida (BA Speech Communications) and 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, D.C., graduating in May 2014.
Rev. Lewis is currently writing her first church leadership resource book to be published in 2016.