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Rev. Karla Kincannon to Serve as the Director of Field Education and the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership Program

July 13, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Karla Kincannon to Director of Field Education and the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership program.

Since July 2011, Rev. Kincannon has been serving as the Interim Director of Field Education and Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) program. She has also been serving as Garrett-Evangelical’s artist-in-residence since 2010. In the last year, Rev. Kincannon has introduced numerous activities into the VFCL program to encourage creative expression through various mediums.

“After a nationwide search, the committee determined that Rev. Kincannon was the exceptional leader we were seeking to guide the critical program at the center of our internship and vocational exploration curriculum,” said President Philip Amerson. Her previous experiences as a campus minister, pastor, lecturer, adjunct professor, and artist have given her a wide skill set to utilize in her new position.

"I am passionate about supporting students in their formation, as they become Christian leaders for the Church and the world! I am very fortunate to be able to work in the area of my deep passion among extremely talented colleagues who make up the faculty and staff at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary," said Rev. Kincannon.

Rev. Kincannon received her M.Div. at Garrett-Evangelical where she is currently pursuing her D.Min. degree.  She is an ordained Elder in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in numerous positions within the denomination.  She is the director of SpiritArt Ministries, which seeks to educate individuals, groups, and institutions, about the tools and movements of the spiritual life by employing creativity as a tool for inner growth. Rev. Kincannon has also contributed to various United Methodist publications and is the author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Upper Room, 2005). You can learn more about Rev. Kincannon’s work with SpiritArt Ministries and see examples of some of her artwork at

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.