Rev. Candace Lansberry

Senior Pastor

The Holiday Season is upon us, Winter Visitors have returned, and Desert Skies is is full swing with cantatas and special holiday services planned and Church Conference where we will adopt our ministry goals for 2019. It’s a wonderful time to be the church, to gather with friends and family and to reflect on all that God has done for us. For some, the holidays are a difficult time, but being part of a church family helps navigate the waters of grief and loss. A joyful community drawing people to Christ…and embracing all the emotions we experience on the journey. Come walk with us!

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 five grandchildren.