Bill Kincaid

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty | Herald B. Monroe Associate
Professor in Practical Parish Ministry

Phone: (317) 931-2330


Bill Kincaid holds the Herald B. Monroe Chair in Practical Parish Ministry and serves as Director of Field Education. He teaches courses that focus on pastoral leadership and congregational life and mission, such as Introduction to Christian Ministry, Life and Ministry after Seminary, Issues Affecting Church Leadership, The Pastor and Congregational Transformation, and Congregational Administration. As Director of Field Education, Kincaid works with the Field Education staff and supervisors to provide supervised, contextual experiences in ministry that confirm, clarify, and often challenge the way students think about pastoral work and calling.

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 and 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 Master of Science degree in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.

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