Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group
Rev. Dean Bucalos is a Mission Specialist for the NBA Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group. He was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as the pastor of congregations in Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. He is presently serving as the pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a congregation he began inside a women’s re-entry facility in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also the program coordinator of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, an ecumenical re-entry program that trains small, faith-based groups to work with ex-offenders upon their release from prison.
Prior to his ordination, Rev. Bucalos practiced law in Ashland and Lexington, Kentucky. He serves as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches classes on Christianity and Social Justice. Dean is a trained volunteer facilitator for the Juvenile Justice Pilot Program in Jefferson County, Kentucky, sponsored by Restorative Justice Louisville. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, The University of Kentucky College of Law, and Lexington Theological Seminary.
He is married to Dr. Anne B. Bucalos, who is the Director of Faculty Development and Professor in the School of Education at Bellarmine University. Dean and Anne have two adult children, who live with their spouses in Louisville, and four grandchildren.
Getting to Know Dean
NBA's vision statement is “creating communities of compassion and care.” What does this mean to you?
Creating and becoming communities of compassion and care is at the heart of the Gospel. To me, this means that everyone has a responsibility to serve, welcome, and love the "least of these." Communities of compassion and care should be what identifies all those who gather in Christ's name. Inclusive. Grace-filled. Merciful. Loving. Forgiving. So creating communities of compassion and care should be, and hopefully is, the mission of the church as we usher in the Kingdom of God. The NBA appears to be spot-on.
What do you do outside of work?
We have four grandchildren, six years old and under. As often as I can, I enjoy spending time with them and entering into their world. We own a rescue greyhound named Bella. She and I have become good friends and spend a lot of our time walking through our neighborhood together. Anne and I enjoy boating and fishing. In the summer, you can find us on Nolin Lake in Kentucky.
What are you known for?
I guess everyone is known for something. I just can't think of anything. Ask Anne. Or maybe you shouldn't. :)
The last time I laughed out loud...
It doesn't take much. Laughter has always been at the center of our family. So, I can't pinpoint a "last time."