Bill Kincaid

Herald B. Monroe Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry Studies

Phone: (317) 931-2338


Bill Kincaid holds the Herald B. Monroe Chair of Leadership and Ministry Studies. From 2008 to 2014, he served as Director of Field Education at CTS, and from July 2014 to June 2016, he served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

Dr. Kincaid teaches a variety of courses at CTS. His Spirituality and Leadership course in 2015 included a weekend in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Class members met Rep. John Lewis, who was nearly beaten to death on the Pettus Bridge in 1965, then heard President Obama’s speech that same day. In 2016, the annual immersion experience for the class will be held in late April at Gethsemani, a monastery in Kentucky where Thomas Merton lived for 27 years.

Dr. Kincaid also teaches a popular course called Transitioning and Flourishing, which is designed especially to help seminary students think about their upcoming transition into ministry, as well as to provide tools that will support their flourishing across the many seasons of a pastoral career. Other course offerings focus on the work and calling of pastors, congregational life and mission, and cultural shifts and trends that impact church and ministry.

Kincaid’s current writing project is entitled A Time to Be Nimble. The book uses the metaphor of nimbleness to describe both the kind of agility required for ministry today, as well as to encourage new pastors to develop patterns in their first few years of ministry that demonstrate imagination, adventure and experimentation.

Kincaid is the author of Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Designed as a textbook for the field education, contextual education and supervised ministry experiences of seminary students and others preparing for congregational leadership, Finding Voice contends that a lively and compelling pastoral voice arises not only from rigorous engagement with context, faith tradition, pastoral roles, personal story, systemic dynamics, but especially from the conflicts that surface from among these five constituent aspects of pastoral voice. In the absence of any one of these or the imbalance of them, pastoral voice gets skewed and vibrant, effective ministry is undermined. Finding Voice urges students to begin now, with field education, to engage a practice of ministry that is imaginative, courageous, nimble and faithful.

Prior to coming to CTS in 2008, Kincaid served for eleven years as the Senior Minister of Woodland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, Kentucky, where he received that city’s 2008 Fairness Award. He also was a founding member and later President of The Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass. In addition to extensive pastoral leadership with congregations, he also worked as part of the regional ministry team of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky with responsibility for candidates seeking ordination, commissioned, or licensed ministry.

Along with the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Lexington Seminary, Kincaid also holds a Masters of Science degree in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.

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