Mari Canaan Principal of City of Life Christian Academy & Team Pastor
A native to central Florida, Mari grew up in Orlando where her parents served as youth pastors and music directors. Late church nights and sleeping on pews are all a part of her beautiful childhood memories. Having accepted Jesus at an early age, she always knew God was calling her to ministry. After college, she pursued a career in education, and began working for a local school district. After a decade and a short break to raise her once babies, she now serves as the City of Life Christian Academy Principal. It has been a dream come true getting to merge her love of education with full time ministry. Mari is passionate about seeing people connect with God through praise and worship and helps lead our church family every Sunday into His presence.
In her spare time, Mari loves to spend time with her large extended family, but her favorite thing is a chill Saturday with her husband Anthony and 3 girls, Sofia, Ava and Ella watching a good movie. Her life verse is
“God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting way— the path that brings me back to you.”