Our Rector, the Reverend Candace Sandfort, received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), followed by a Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality (S.T.M.), from the General Theological Seminary in NYC. While there she received a national award from The Episcopal Women’s History Project for her work on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s concept of the meaning of suffering as reflected in her novel, The Minister’s Wooing.
Following her seminary studies, Rev. Candace completed the Pastoral Care & Counseling program at the Blanton-Peale Institute, and is currently doing doctoral work at Drew University, which focuses on how nurturing children’s natural spirituality paves the way for a rich spiritual and creative life as adults. Having raised four children with her husband John, she has hard won empathy for the spiritual and pastoral needs of parents also.
When asked what she loves most about St. John’s, Rev. Candace replied: “Though I have been involved in many wonderful parishes over the years, I recognize that St. John’s has something special. There is a spirit of joy and acceptance here; it’s a very creative, lively congregation. Everyone is unique, and everyone loves each other’s uniqueness. From the moment I started my ministry at St. John’s in 2014, it felt like I had come home.”
Rev. Candace is devoted to preaching the “living” word every week at St. John’s by connecting the Gospel to our everyday lives. Audio recordings of her sermons can be heard on this website under “Sermons.”