Bill Kincaid
Herald B. Monroe Professor of Leadership and Ministry Studies

Dr. Kincaid teaches a variety of courses related to pastoral leadership, congregational dynamics and mission, contextual engagement, and spirituality. His courses include Pastor, Leading through Transitions, Conflict in the Bible and the Church, Ministerial Ethics, Creative and Organizational Leadership, Pastoral Leadership amid Difference and Polarization, New Models of Church, and Thomas Merton and Contemporary Life. His courses have included immersion experiences to Selma, Alabama, the Abbey of Gethsemani and the L’Arche community in Clinton, Iowa.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Kincaid directs 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 Come Again to the Circle: 40 Leaders Imagine the Church beyond COVID. Other books include Letters to the Church: Engagement and Encouragement for the 2020 Election,  Like Stepping Into A Canoe: Nimbleness and the Transition into Ministry, and Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. His article entitled “Mistake” was selected for inclusion in Christian Century as part of The Frederick Buechner Narrative Writing Project. He also has contributed chapters to three edited volumes that focus on mentoring and formation in supervised ministry experiences.

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).

Kincaid is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to coming to CTS in 2008, he 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 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