As the director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry at First English Lutheran Church, Kris Kincaid works every day to help teach, model and nurture relationships in faith.
Read about why Kincaid decided to go to seminary, what she loves most about her job, and what an important lesson she’s learned throughout her career.
Q: Why did you decide to go to seminary?
A: I’ve always been involved in my church, and in high school, I felt called to be a pastor in the Lutheran church. I wasn’t brave enough to go to seminary at that time in my life. I’ve always been involved in my church so six years ago, I switched careers from directing community education at Kenyon-Wanamingo for 22 years to First English. Everything about working in this position is joyful, and yet I yearned for more knowledge to be able to teach and model faith within this role.
Q: How has seminary advanced your faith and how has it impacted your work with the people at church?
A: I was steeped in faith but didn’t have a full background in scripture. Studying scripture and faith formation helps me better understand God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and then share their love and teachings. Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. As Lutherans, our faith is shaped by Martin Luther, and we learn to live our faith active in love, by loving and caring for our neighbors and God.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: Everything. I love working with all ages, which is probably my community education background. I love working with other people, learning with other people, and sharing God’s love with other people. I love being in an environment where we love God and care about others and to do that with people of all different ages and be with them. It is important to be active in love.
Q: You plan many activities for the people within First English. What is your favorite to attend?
A: I love it all. My favorites are when we can interact with each other. Whether it’s vacation Bible school, Sunday’s car wash, or water games, we are recognizing God’s presence in our lives and finding hope in God’s promises.
Q: What is an important lesson you have learned from the people or an experience at First English?
A: I observe that people who love God and serve others are really happy. When we look beyond ourselves and see the needs of others we are grateful and life is more fulfilling.