Bill Kincaid

Bill Kincaid


Herald B. Monroe Professor of Leadership and Ministry Studies

Phone: (317) 931-2338

Email: bkincaid@cts.edu

Dr. Kincaid teaches a variety of courses related to pastoral leadership, congregational dynamics and mission, contextual engagement, and spirituality. His course “Pastoral Leadership Across Difference and Polarization” identifies pastoral wisdom and church and community practices to engage political polarization, religious extremism, sexuality, generational differences, racial divides and economic disparities constructively and prophetically.

The class “Spirituality and Leadership” always includes an immersion experience, such as trips to Selma, Alabama, the Abbey of Gethsemani and L’Arche. Kincaid’s “Transitioning and Flourishing” class helps seminary students think about their upcoming transition into ministry and provides tools that will support their flourishing across the many seasons of a pastoral career.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Kincaid directs The First Season Project, which is a transition into ministry initiative that offers peer and mentoring support to new pastors during their first four years of ministry after seminary.

Kincaid’s most recent book is Letters to the Church: Engagement and Encouragement for the 2020 Election. Designed for individuals and church study groups, Letters to the Church seeks to help compassionate, thoughtful Christians regain our bearings and find our voice and courage for honest, hopeful conversations as we approach a critical presidential election in November, 2020.

He is also the author of is Like Stepping Into A Canoe: Nimbleness and the Transition into Ministry, which offers pastoral wisdom and practices for those who are transitioning from seminary to their first ministry after seminary, and Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity.

Recent publications include an article entitled “Mistake,” which was selected for inclusion in Christian Century 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 FaithandLeadership.com, an online forum hosted by Duke Divinity School.

Kincaid has served in several leadership roles while at CTS, including Interim President (2017-2019), Interim Dean (2014-2016), and Director of Field Education (2008-2014).

Prior to coming to CTS in 2008, Kincaid served as a pastor for twenty-five years, including 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 in a variety of contexts, 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.

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