Who We Are

The Center for Bold Leadership offers ecumenical support to clergy at all experiential levels, but specifically to early-career, rural and small-member congregational pastors. The Center additionally supports lay leadership as they strengthen their churches. We offer a Leadership Development Cohort for pastors, ongoing classes through the Center for Continuing Education and Preaching, The School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders, and our Annual Transformation Retreat.

Our goal is to provide clergy and laity to with practical tools that will enrich and strengthen their ministries, avoid burnout, maintain spiritual, physical and mental wellness.

leadership Cohort

The Leadership Development Cohort offers early career clergy (through their ninth year in pastoral ministry) a comprehensive program that will explore those practical areas lead to successful pastoral leadership. This cohort provides 1:1 coaching, spiritual direction, facilitated leadership development sessions, classes and workshops, and wellness resources.

Transformational Retreat

The Annual Transformation Retreat is a 1-2 day event devoted to addressing issues in 21st century ministry. Ministry leaders spend quality time learning new methods and creating new ways to address cultural shifts in the world today.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education and Preaching course opportunities are offered throughout the year. Check out our online offerings to sustain your credentials.


The School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders is a 2-year certification process which prepares people to become Spiritual Directors.

Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their personal spirituality.

Meet Our Team


​Rev. Kimberly Clarke Turner,

Rev. Turner has a long history of working in Healthcare and Human Resources. She was a Hospital Administrator and Director of Human Resources before she was called into Ministry. Rev. Turner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Health Policy from Tufts University with a concentration in Public Health. She attended Duke Divinity School (coursework toward M.A.C.P. — Youth Ministry concentration) and later transferred to Hood Theological Seminary where she received her MDiv. As a member of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Turner has served in the local church as well at the District and Conference levels in both lay and clergy capacity. She has served on several boards and committees and currently serves on the Dismantling Racism Committee and will begin serving on the conference Justice and Reconciliation Committee this summer. She has long been an anti-racism and diversity trainer and brings a wealth of knowledge into her position/ministry of supporting and guiding pastors to be their most fulfilled and successful selves.

Contact: Kclarke@hoodseminary.edu


Rona Williams

Vincia B. Miller

Vincia comes to our Centers from a diverse background in higher education and nonprofit management. She is a renowned contributor to the legacy of excellence at Livingstone University after having served the institution as Director of Academic Recovery Institute & Assistant Director of Summer Bridge & Director of Alumni Affairs. Most recently she boasts significant contributions to nonprofit philanthropy specializing in nonprofit sustainability (donor recognition, fundraising events, and other donor stewardship/cultivation activities). Vincia holds a Bachelor of Arts: Sociology from Livingstone College and a Master of Science: Administration of Justice and Security / Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix. She’s a faithful member of Rock Hill AME Zion Church in Concord, NC and brings with her a rich and endearing devotion to the AME Zion Church.

Contact: vmiller@hoodseminary.edu




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