Rev. Candace Lansberry

Senior Pastor

Lent, Holy Week and Easter brought great reflection and excitement as we became more aware together of how God works in our lives all the time, perhaps especially in the tough and dark times of our lives. As we celebrate the Risen Christ in our midst, we will explore together what it means to be an Easter People, full of hope. With our 2018 focus being discipleship, we are looking at ways to connect us to God and each other in meaningful dialogue about life in the world today. I am looking forward to listening, learning and leading with all of you as we live together into what it means to be a joyful community drawing people to Christ. Let’s dare to dance in new and meaningful ways this Easter/Pentecost season.
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.