Bill Kincaid

Interim President and Herald B. Monroe Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry Studies

Phone: (317) 931-2338


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 immersion experience for the class was held at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky where Thomas Merton lived for 27 years. The immersion experience in March, 2017 will be at the L’Arche Community in Clinton, Iowa. L’Arche was founded in the 1960s by Jean Vanier to provide intentional communities where those with and those without intellectual and developmental disabilities live together. L’Arche later became better known through the writings of Father Henri Nouwen.

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, leadership and change management, 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 courage. 

Kincaid also is the author of Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity and contributes articles and sermons to various print and online publications. Recent publications include an article entitled “Mistake,” which was selected for inclusion in Christian Century (July 6, 2016) as part of The Frederick Buechner Narrative Writing Project; the chapter “Beyond Imposition and Infatuation: Learning and Loving A Place” in the book Engage: A Theological Field Education Toolkit; and “The Leadership of Laughter,” a sermon published at, an online forum hosted by Duke Divinity School.

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 Theological Seminary, Kincaid also holds a Masters of Science degree in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.

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