Cazandra is thrilled to join the community of St. Paul’s UMC, Socorro. Cazandra grew up in the Greater Houston area and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houston Baptist University. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Joe MacDonald, pastor of FUMC Belen, and they have two sons, Julian (24) and Caeleb (14). Cazandra taught middle school band in Texas for 13 years and left the profession to embark on a second career as a patient advocate for a specialty infusion company. Her sons both have a rare, genetic bleeding disorder, which thrust her into a new world of raising two sons with a rare disorder. In 2006, her family moved to Deming, New Mexico to answer Joe’s call to full-time ministry.
Cazandra served alongside her husband as the pastor’s wife and participated and developed ministries in the church. She answered her call to ministry by attending the Iliff School of Theology in 2017 and is on track to complete her Master of Divinity in March of 2021. She is also on the path to ordination as a Certified Candidate in the United Methodist Church.
Cazandra is a a well known speaker in the bleeding disorder community. She has been a contributor to The Mighty, Scary Mommy, Global Genes, and The Hemophilia Federation of America’s Infusing Love blog. She is a columnist for Hemophilia News Today, wrote a monthly column on faith for the Truth or Consequences, Sentinel, and is also a regular writer for LA Kelley Communications. Cazandra also produces a monthly podcast, The Fishbowl: The Podcast for Leaders in Ministry and the World.
Her first book, Dear Hemophilia: Finding Hope Through Chronic Illness is available on Amazon.
You may follow her writings and podcast at www.cazandracmacdonald.com.