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About Karla Kincannon

karla-bioKarla M. Kincannon, is the Director of Field Education and Vocational Formation and Church Leadership, and the artist-in-residence, at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. As an artist, author, spiritual director, and United Methodist minister (Elder), Karla believes God’s gift of creativity is an essential tool for navigating the spiritual journey and a necessary element for the corporate life of the Church. Without creativity we cannot imagine a life faithful to the gospel. Imagination supports the restoration of soul in our Church and our world. Karla invites others to be courageously creative as a way of experiencing the creative heart of God in order to change the world.

Karla is the author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection, as well as numerous articles about the spiritual journey. She has authored curriculum for the United Methodist Church. Karla lectures, leads workshops, and facilitates retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings nationwide.

As a liturgical artist and designer of sacred spaces, Karla uses the arts in worship to invite others into an experience of the Holy. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, she invites others to experience the arts as a means of discovering soul and knowing the creative heart of God. She believes art is both a means of prayer and a method of proclaiming the good news. Karla has been a liturgical designer of sacred space at national gatherings and in local congregations.

Karla earned a Bachelor’s degree in art from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction.

Karla has experience as a church pastor, a college chaplain and campus minister, conflict mediator, as well as more than two decades of work in the healing arts as a spiritual director. Karla founded SpiritArt Ministries to help individuals and congregations encounter the living God through the use of their creativity.