Candace has been serving as Media Specialist & Children's Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Church Mena since August of 2017. Candace's desire is to see God glorified and for people to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
At FBC Mena, Candace is the on-site coordinator for the Wednesday night Vine After School program and helps with other special events. She assists the Associate Pastor of Youth and Children in administrating all children’s programs and planning other activities. Candace is also the church office receptionist and is responsible for designing and producing all church publications, maintaining the church’s social media/internet presence and creating announcement and music slides for weekly worship services. Candace is also responsible for preparing, recording and updating Sunday School records, ordering Sunday School materials and doing bank deposits among other duties.
Candace is a native Arkansan. She grew up in the River Valley region where she has many fond childhood memories of the outdoors. Candace graduated from Dardanelle High School in 2000 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Arkansas Tech University in 2004. While in High School, a friend invited her to attend an evangelistic drama where she was exposed to the gospel and realized she was a sinner and placed her faith in Jesus. She began a new life in Christ at the age of 18. At ATU, Candace grew in the Word through the discipleship of several loving friends who invited her to attend a campus ministry and other Christian events.
Candace has been married to her best friend Andy for 16 years. Andy is a baker by night and Circuit Judge by day. As a couple they have walked the long, painful and sanctifying journey of infertility. They serve in various areas of the community together and co-founded Created in His Image Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to declare God's story and character as His image bearers.
Candace and Andy loves Haiti missions and serve on the founding board of The Barnabas Partnership, also a nonprofit ministry, where they co-labor for the gospel with JoyHouse Ministries in Gressier, Haiti.
In their spare time they like to travel, hike and bake for missions. They have one fat orange tabby feline named Sammie and one redtick coonhound named Dolley.