Rev. Candace Lansberry

Senior Pastor

The New Year is unfolding in an exciting way here at Desert Skies! Most of our winter visitors are back, and it’s like a gigantic homecoming! Disciple Bible Study is starting back up, as it The Wired Word, a Bible study that integrates scripture and the news headlines. Both are great ways to go deeper in our faith. Our Vail Campus has recently hired its music/worship leader, Scott Jones, and we are excited about reaching new people in Vail. We have great plans for Epiphany, Lent and Easter, and, of course, Western Sunday is always a winter highlight. As a Church Council, we have decided to focus on discipleship for 2018, and I’m looking forward to walking that journey with you. Check out our many options and make this the best year ever!
Reverend Doctor Candace Lansberry is the Senior Pastor at Desert Skies United Methodist Church. She came to the church in 2015 excited about the possibilities for growth and ministry in the northeast part of Tucson. That excitement is fueled by the belief that vital mainline churches are an important part of reaching people of all ages who have been turned off by more extreme expressions of Christianity. The Desert Skies congregation is a vital, service-oriented congregation ready to take on the challenging task of reaching new people for Christ in new ways… and that is Rev. Candace’s passion as well.
Rev. Candace most recently served as a District Superintendent in the North District of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference (Las Vegas area) and prior to that planted two new United Methodist Churches, one in Mesa/Queen Creek and one in Las Vegas. She earned her Master of Divinity Degree at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California where she received the President’s Award for Academic Excellent and her Doctor of Ministry at Drew Theological Seminar in Madison, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Theater and Cinematic Arts.
Candace has been married to Mark, also a United Methodist pastor, for 30 years. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.