Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

Rev Candace WhitmanRev. Candace Whitman


Candy arrived on Fishers in November of 2014 and feels privileged to be serving God in this congregation and community.

Born and raised in Garden City, NY, Candy attended the local United Church of Christ church with her family. For college she attended Yale University, where she majored in History of Art. Next Candy began a career in art education, teaching art to children, later receiving an appointment as adjunct professor of art education at New York University where she had earned her masters. 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 in the 1990’s, Candy experienced a reawakening in her faith. She experienced the equally wondrous call to ministry around 2006 while also 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 at graduation she received the John Alan Swink Award in Preaching. She brings to church life further training including a staff position at Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair, NJ, a counseling certificate from the Blanton-Peale Institute, and many continued education courses. Before coming to Union Chapel, Candy served as a chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) Minister and carries dual standing with the United Church of Christ.

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.