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Karla Kincannon

Director of Field Education; Vocational Formation and Church Leadership

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, Italian Mystic (1347-1380). The slow work of transforming one's heart into a heart that beats in accord with God's will takes all our creativity. As co-creators with God, we put our best effort into becoming the person God intends us to be, using our gift of creativity to fashion a life with God. Slowly, we are transformed by grace over the journey of our lifetime. As an artist, spiritual director and elder in the Virginia Conference, I know the importance of creativity in seeking to live a life of service to God. Without our creativity we cannot imagine a life faithful to the gospel or God's kin-dom on earth. As the Director of VFCL and Field Education, I am fortunate to accompany students on a portion of their journey of transformation into the Christian leaders God has called them to be. Assisting students as they discern their identity, discover their gifts for ministry, and strengthen their spiritual life is my deepest passion. The Church needs bold, creative leaders who seek the transformation of the Church and the global community even as they, themselves, are being transformed through a living relationship with Christ. My understanding of vocational formation and church leadership was shaped by many influences: nurturing congregations; a youth ministry that identified and encouraged my gifts; a solid education at a United Methodist-related college; a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; doctoral studies--also at Garrett- Evangelical; and a lifetime of seeking to do God's will.