by Karen Mead-Elford, staff writer

PASTOR MARK KINCAID briefly discusses Memorial Day to the Owosso Free Methodist Church Congregation on May 29. Kincaid will be leaving his pastorate at the church beginning June 5.  (Independent Photos/Karen Mead-Elford)

“Memorial Day used to be a significant day in the life of this country,” Pastor Mark Kincaid told the Owosso Free Methodist Church congregation Sunday, May 29. Kincaid and his family are leaving Michigan and moving to Florida. “It was a time for us (in the U.S.) to remember the significant sacrifice that so many have given to preserve the way of life here,” he continued in his last Sunday service before his farewell sermon on June 5. Kincaid is both a pastor and a veteran, so the sermon the day before Memorial Day was appropriate. “It was a time to help unite the country and pull the country together at a time when we really needed it,” he explained, touching upon the subject of unity.

Kincaid retired from the Army after 25 years of active duty with the Rangers and Special Forces (Green Berets) to eventually become associate pastor at the Free Methodist Church in 2001. He became senior pastor in 2006 after his father, Burton Kincaid, retired from the position.

As a veteran, Kincaid has deployed to 35 countries and spent four years in Panama enabling him to speak fluent Spanish to include not only a lengthy military career, but many military accomplishments. Kincaid’s wife, Madbely, is from Panama and together they have four daughters as well as four grandchildren.

Kincaid recently explained that at the start of 2016, he felt an “unrest in my spirit to seek another position.” Kincaid’s wife has found Michigan winters very difficult on her health. These factors led the family to search for a new church in a warmer climate. “My passion is building relationships with the unchurched,” he added. Dade City had been without a pastor for several months and the Kincaids were drawn to the need at the Florida church. “I’m hoping to…help them have a stable environment again,” Kincaid said. Plus, the new location should afford him to continue with his Spanish-speaking ministry due to a large hispanic community and a large veteran population.

The Owosso Free Methodist Church is located on N. Chipman Rd., Owosso. The Free Methodist Church Conference continues to search for a pastoral replacement. Kincaid would like to leave his congregation with some of his favorite verses including Matthew 28: 18-20 and Mark 12: 30-31. Mark 12: 30 reads, “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Church Pastor Moves On, Leaving Legacy was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by Karen Elford