Meet Our Staff/Board of Directors/Lay Delegates

Senior Pastor – Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis

Candace grew up in Kingston, NY, and Pittsfield, MA. She earned her baccalaureate degree from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), B.B.A., in 1973, her master’s and her doctorate at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, M.Div., 1980 and D. Min., 2004. From November 1973 through August 1976, she served as a disbursing officer in the United States Marine Corps. She first attended the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC in 1979. Candace served as the Associate Pastor of MCC Washington from 1983 until 1995 when she was elected Pastor.

Candace was called and elected to be the Pastor at King of Peace MCC in December 2007. Candace has a passion for preaching and very much enjoys working with the terrific staff and congregation of King of Peace! She and her partner of 25 years, Barbara, also enjoy the company of their two dachshunds: Mr. Redd and Sparky.

Coordinator of Congregational Care – Rev. Craig Cranston







Rev. Craig joined the staff of King of Peace MCC in September 2020, having previously interned at the church as a clergy candidate in 2019. Graduating with honors from The Iliff School of Theology in Denver with his Master of Divinity degree, Rev. Craig comes to ordained ministry after several years as a consultant and business leader to several Fortune 200 companies. He is certified as a marriage and family facilitator through Prepare/Enrich, leads national workshops on a number of topics in both religious and secular spaces, and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society.Master of Divinity.

Director of Music – Jeremiah Cummings

Originally from Camden, OH, Jeremiah was raised in the Pentecostal tradition, where he served in both the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and Assembly of God.  In 2004, his whole world changed when he heard about Rev. Troy Perry and the ministry of MCC.

Jeremiah is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in Vocal Performance in the studio of Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas.  As a performer, he has been blessed to sing in Ireland and London, as well as sing backup vocals for country queen Dolly Parton and gospel artists Geron Davis, Karen Wheaton and Alvin Slaughter. Through his work in music ministry, he has helped create and lead worship at MCC’s General Conference, Young Adult Network Gatherings and has served as faculty for the Moderator’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat.  In 2015, he was honored with MCC’s “Bob Crocker Award for Excellence in Music Ministry”.

Jeremiah shares his passion for music with his husband, Ricardo, and he is the oldest brother of two, uncle to two nephews, and father of Minnie, a wire-haired terrier mix.   His Pentecostal pastor-grandmother is his hero and was the first one to encourage his musical gifts when he started singing in church at the age of three.  When he isn’t working, he enjoys going to movies, amusement parks, musical theatre, and using his crockpot to cook dinner.


Business Administrator – Bev Christofel

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