Candace (Candee) Lynn Martin



Pastor Candee Martin

I grew up the daughter of an Army chaplain and lived in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, New York, New Jersey, Alaska, Germany, and Arizona.  I moved to northern Virginia nearly 40 years ago when my father became Post Chaplain at Fort Myer (the Army post adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery).

My life was deeply formed and shaped by the current events of my childhood…the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the assassinations of President Kennedy, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.  My passion for public service began as a young child; I knew in elementary school that I wanted to work in Congress.  For me, Congress was a call to public service, just as the military has been for my father and brother.

I graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with B.A. in political science in August 1978.

1979-1995…Congressional staff for Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives.

I entered Wesley Theological Seminary in the fall of 1996 and graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree and was commissioned a provisional Elder in 2000 (in Hampton).  I was ordained in 2003.

1996-2000 — student minister, Friendship UMC, Falls Church, VA (Arlington District) — During my seminary years, I was a member of this small, aging congregation who loved and nurtured my call to pastoral ministry.  It was there that I began to lead worship and preach and, through the guidance of the pastor, parish nurse and lay leader, began my hands-on experience in pastoral care and leadership of church committees.

2000-2006 — Associate Pastor, Messiah UMC, Springfield, VA (Alexandria District) — Messiah is a large membership, multi-staff church comprised largely of military personnel, government workers and contractors and their families.  My many areas of ministry included worship (Saturday evening contemporary service and 3 traditional Sunday morning services), spiritual formation, women’s ministry, leading confirmation and small group ministry for youth, and pastoral care.  My experiences in pastoral care in this appointment were profound.  We had many members who were at the Pentagon on the morning of 9/11.

2006-2007 — Pastor, Cedar Run Charge, Catlett, VA (Alexandria District) — This was a two-point charge seeking to separate into two station churches.  I was appointed there for the purpose of guiding this process.  This was accomplished in one year.

2007-2014 — Pastor, Charles Wesley UMC, McLean, VA (Arlington District) — This is a small, aging congregation located a few miles from the CIA. Like Messiah, this congregation was comprised largely of government workers and contractors and military personnel. It was here that my gift in visioning grew as I led them to see that their great passion was in feeding the hungers of people in our community and around the world; physical hunger to be sure, but also relational, communal and spiritual hungers as well. They are now known as The Hunger Church. During my years at CWUMC, we moved to engage more actively in hands-on mission outreach.  Pastoral care and creative worship were also high priorities.

2014-June, 2015 — Associate Pastor, Crossroads UMC, Ashburn, VA (Arlington District) — This year has been an unexpected gift from God.  During my last years on Capitol Hill, I moved to Ashburn (just west of Dulles Airport and the home of the Washington Redskins) with my parents and my brother’s three young children. We became charter members of this congregation. To be back at Crossroads last fall when we celebrated our 25 year anniversary was an amazing blessing.  It was here that my life-long passion for service began to shift away from Capitol Hill.  This is where my call to pastoral ministry began.  Crossroads has always been at the cutting edge of ministry and is the rare United Methodist congregation whose demographic is mostly young families.  It is now a contemporary worshipping community with a passion to reach beyond the walls of the church building to share the compassion of Jesus with all.  For the past six years, their vision has involved satellite ministries that required a second clergyperson.  This vision, ever changing, no longer requires a second clergy.  Therefore, effective July 1, the associate pastor position will be discontinued.

I have a great love for the multi-faceted nature of pastoral ministry; particularly in designing and leading worship, spiritual formation and small group ministry, shared clergy/lay leadership, and pastoral care. For me, it is all about being in community together. The greatest blessings are found in the deep connectedness that comes with being the Body of Christ. The intimacy of relationships that develop and deepen when persons extend to me the privilege of accompanying them on their life journeys — in the ordinariness of everyday life, in the celebration of joyful milestones, and in their most difficult times — is an indescribable gift. It is so often in moments like these that we see most clearly the face of God in one another.