Rev. Dr. Candy Thacker

DrCandyThackerPastor Candy, an ordained Elder within the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, was appointed to Bethel United Methodist Church in June 2012. Her previous appointments were Jonesboro First United Methodist where she served as an Associate Pastor for four yeas,r and Jones Memorial United Methodist serving four years as an Associate and six years as the Senior Pastor.

Candy is a native of Chicago, Illinois where she grew up on the west side and attended Albert G. Lane Technical High School on Chicago's north side. Lane Tech, a college preparatory school, provided her the opportunity to major in music while also gaining leadership experience in Junior Reserved Officers Training Corp (JROTC). Candy found music to be a great love but not her ideal career choice. During her college studies computer programming was the career preference. Her studies in computers were delayed when she married and started her family. Candy was content to put off college until after the children became adults. However, that plan was interrupted. She cast aside thoughts of a career to pursue a vocation in ministry.

In response to the call to ministry Candy completed her undergraduate studies in preparation for seminary. She is a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Her seminary training comes from Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she obtained the Master of Divinity (M. Div.), concentrating her studies in Pastoral Care. Most recently Candy obtained the Doctorate of Ministry (D. Min.) from McCormick Theological Seminary, focusing her studies in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. She has also received Clinical Pastoral Education from Georgia Baptist, while serving as chaplain in both Rockdale Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center.

Candy is the mother of two adult children, Fiana and Ian and mother in law of Danny. She resides in Decatur, Georgia.

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