Biography of the Right Reverend Gregory Gerald McKinley Ingram
Bishop, First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
BISHOP GREGORY G. M. INGRAM was appointed presiding prelate of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on July 4, 2012, during the 49th Quadrennial Session of the denomination’s General Conference, held in Nashville, Tenn. At the 2008 General Conference, Bishop Ingram was elected to chair the General Conference Commission, which oversaw planning and organization for the 49th Quadrennial Session. In his new assignment, he will preside over seven annual conferences comprising Delaware, New England, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda.
Bishop Ingram was elected and consecrated the 118th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2000. His first appointment was to the Fifteenth Episcopal District, which comprises Angola, Namibia and most of South Africa. His second appointment was to the Tenth Episcopal District, which encompasses the State of Texas. Under his visionary leadership, Bishop Ingram introduced the District to his 10-Point Partnership Plan, a strategy for improving every aspect of life for the people of the Tenth Episcopal District. He has refined that plan and reintroduced it as 10 Priorities for the First Episcopal District for the 2012-2016 Quadrennium:
- Church, Community and Civic Involvement
- Church Growth and Evangelism
- Health and Healing
- Information Technology/Communication
- Membership and Discipleship
- Mission Outreach and Disaster Relief
- Spiritual Formation
- Stewardship and Fiscal Integrity
- Youth and Young Adults
Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Bishop Ingram served as the Senior Minister of Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Detroit, Mich. During his 13-year pastorate, the church prospered both numerically and financially. Under his compassionate leadership and spiritual direction, 2,400 people united in membership, more than 1,400 were inspired to become tithers and a $2.3-million building and expansion project was undertaken and paid off in five years. Before being assigned to Oak Grove, Bishop Ingram served as pastor of A.M.E. churches in Chicago, Springfield and Alton, Illinois. He also served two years on the religious staff at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Campus.
Bishop Ingram has distinguished himself throughout African Methodism, in particular, and the religious community, in general, for his expertise on stewardship and tithing. He is a dynamic preacher and lecturer who is sought after to speak at churches, colleges, universities and civic functions. He has authored a number of publications that are heralded throughout African Methodism. Included among them are Equipping the Saints for Service, The African Methodist Episcopal Church Pastor’s Journal and Quarterly Conference Record Book, The Joy of Giving More Than Enough and The S.A.T. Manual on African Methodism: A Study Guide on the Faith, Beliefs, History and Structure of the World’s Oldest Denomination Founded by Blacks, an acclaimed instructional tool for new members that has been updated and expanded.
Bishop Ingram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilberforce University, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Antioch College, a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. His religious, civic, community, professional and social affiliations, past and present, include the Ecumenical Center for Stewardship Studies in North America (executive board member), the Christian Communication Council (board member), Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (advisory board member) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (life member). He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is a Thirty-Third Degree Mason-Prince Hall Affiliation.
Bishop Ingram is married to The Reverend Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram, who is his devoted partner in ministry. They are the proud parents of one adult daughter, Jennifer Eman Keanne, and the grandparents of one treasured granddaughter, Jayda Eman Keanne.