Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

Rev Candace WhitmanRev. Candace Whitman


Candy arrived on Fishers in November of 2014. Our island was new to her, although she was raised on nearby Long Island, where she attended the local United Church of Christ church with her family. (Fishers is a well kept secret!) Her background before the call to the church was centered in art and writing, with stints in advertising and teaching college. Candy also found great pleasure in turning her own creativity to writing and illustrating children’s books, thirteen of which have been published.

Living in Manhattan and attending a small, vibrant church after college, Candy experienced a reawakening in her faith. She then heard the equally wondrous call to ministry around 2006 while living on Shelter Island. Her time there surrounded by water and traveling each day via ferry seems to be evidence of God’s preparation for her future calling to this unique and beautiful place.

Candy earned her M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011 and has been actively engaged in ministry since. Today, she serves our church with passion and dedication, and has brought God’s presence beyond church walls by tackling issues pertaining to access to health and mental health needs of our population. With other churches she established a fund and food drive to support our winter population when work is harder to come by. Candy currently serves as Vice President of the Island Community Board.


Diane Dawson Dexter

Administrative Assistant and Organist


After a long and distinguished career as a science teacher, and after holding other positions such as CEO, accountant, and stay-at-home Mom, Diane retired in 2001 to Fishers Island where she had been coming during summers for most of her life.  While intending to focus on her painting, Diane immediately dove into island life serving in many capacities in the community.  She was also very active at Union Chapel as moderator and deacon, and now serves as our capable and fearless administrative assistant.  We are very blessed to have Diane also as our organist on Sundays.

Diane is an accomplished singer, and has enjoyed horseback riding, competitive ballroom dancing, competitive swimming and diving, tennis, quilting, painting, gardening and reading.  Most importantly, she strongly believes in the importance of family (she has three children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter), education and volunteerism.