Rev. Candace M. Lewis currently serves as a New Church Strategist with Path1 New Church Starts at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN. As a strategist, she seeks to resource Annual Conferences and new church planters with best practices in starting new churches. Candace 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. As a new church Pastor the church started in June 1997 with seven persons and in 11 years the congregation has grown to over 200 members. In the 9th year, New Life moved from leasing shopping center space to purchasing and owning church property on 6 acres which includes a sanctuary, youth building, office space, classrooms, fellowship hall and room for growth and expansion. In 2003 we started the Village Child Development Center and Christian Academy caring for over eighty children daily ranging from infants to five year olds in addition to creating over 15 full and part time jobs in our community. God has given New Life a vision, and mission, and ministries to help reach the next generation for Jesus Christ.
Rev. Lewis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida majoring in Speech Communications in 1990. Upon graduation she was awarded the Distinguished Outstanding Female Student Leader Award for excellent service in leadership while at the University of Florida.
The call to ministry came when she was twenty-two years old and she obediently followed God, accepted the call and enrolled in Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia to begin preparation. Four years later, she received the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. In 1996, she traveled to South Africa and Zimbabwe to participate in a Biblical Studies Tour. In 1999, she traveled to London, England to participate in the John Wesley Study tour. In June 2000, she participated in the Harvard Divinity School’s Summer Leadership Institute on Faith based Community Economic Development. In May 2001, she preached in Nassau at the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. In March of 2002, she traveled to Hong Kong, China as part of a Deliverance Ministry Team. In 2005 she traveled to Accra, Ghana in West Africa as a part of a mission ministry team. In 2004 and 2008 she was elected by her peers to serve as a delegate to the General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Lewis has been in full time ministry for fourteen years and is an excellent teacher and preacher of God’s word. Currently, she is pursing a Doctorate in Ministry degree and is enrolled at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Candace enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, travel and meeting new people. God has given her a powerful message to the body of Christ, which she delivers under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.