By Carolyn Warnemuende
Rev. Candace Henry lives a life filled with creativity, passion, and the ability to facilitate others in discovering that all things are possible. As well as her active role in Unity and her Dallas community, she serves as a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Candace’s relationship with New Thought began in 1980 when she read Florence Scovel Shinn’s book The Game of Life and How to Play It. “This was life-changing and led to my taking classes at Unity of Dallas twenty years later,” she says. She has been a member of Unity of Dallas since 2003.
Through learning and practicing Unity principles, Candace began a journey toward ministry by taking SEE classes for credit. She enrolled in Unity Urban Ministerial School, graduating in 2018 and receiving her ordination through Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2019. At the end of July 2021, she completed a two-year term serving as transitional minister at Unity Christian Church of Memphis.
Immediately following ordination, Rev. Candace began researching ministerial possibilities by networking with Revs. Sandra Campbell and Doug Duerr who helped guide her to her calling in ministry—Interim and Transitional Ministry. Three years later, she completed the Interim Ministry Network Programs and received certification as a UWM Ministry Wellness Consultant in June 2021 and as a Transitional Specialist in July 2021.
Born in Tyler, Texas, Candace has spent much of her adult life living in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. Approximately 30 years ago, she joined the Kim Dawson Agency, a talent agency representing women, men, and children for fashion and modeling, films, television, and voice-overs. Through the experience of working in the entertainment industry on sets such as “The Cosby Show” and “Do the Right Thing”, Candace gained insight into different points of view that then manifested into creating teachable moments in real life for her own children and other youth.
In 2001 Candace enrolled her children in an urban Dallas school where she came face-to-face with the realities that many children face. Out of this experience, Empower American Children was born, giving her a platform to listen and learn about the challenges of inner city youth.
Candace’s passion for youth, and particularly those living in difficult circumstances, once again manifested in 2008 when she worked in the Dallas Independent Schools as a volunteer. While working with a group of community leaders who were addressing teen pregnancy in West Dallas, she began to understand the need for analysis using a “listening ear” approach. This, and the skills she learned through acting, gave her the insight and tools to lead teens to dream bigger dreams for themselves. She used imagination exercises designed to guide them in using their imagination with determination to shape their dreams into reality.
Through this work, Rev. Candace was inspired to author the eBook Letters to Obama Hope for Brighter Future and to develop the Dream Builders Program which emphasizes the use of imagination, education, and greater world exposure in giving youth the opportunity to begin knowing and believing that all things are possible.
Rev. Candace gives credit to a foundation in Biblical studies, Metaphysical Theology, and Unity Principles in supporting her, her family, and all those with whom she works in knowing and believing that all things are possible, prayer is powerful, and respectful communication honors each of us and leads to greater understanding despite our differences. Candace’s passion and accomplishments are a blessing to the Unity movement.