Serving Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Western New York, New England, Philadelphia, and Bermuda
Rev. Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram currently serves as the Episcopal Supervisor for the Tenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This district encompasses the state of Texas. She oversees the work of members of the Women’s Missionary Society and the Young People’s Division.
Dr. Ingram served as the Supervisor of Missions for the Fifteen Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church from July 2000 to July 2004. Her work area included Angola, Namibia and South Africa. While serving this area she spearheaded the building of the Balm in Gilead Centre in Wallacedene, South Africa. The centre is located in an impoverished area where a high percentage of women are unemployed and undereducated. Many of them are not receiving medical care, are HIV positive, live in abusive relationships and consequently have little if any hope. Her fundraising efforts resulted in enough money to build the centre. At a cost of over $300,000 the centre was completed in May of 2004. The purpose of the Balm in Gilead Centre is to provide testing and counseling for HIV/Aid patients, job training skills and basic diagnostic health testing. The centre was designed as a place where women can rejuvenate through emotional and spiritual healing. Although Dr. Ingram’s assignment to the 15th district ended in 2004 she continues to travel there to engage in the work of missions. Since 2004 she had made 4 mission trips to South Africa. Fifty to one hundred and fifty women have sojourned with her. They came with finances, clothing donations, medical supplies, personal hygiene packets and eye glasses. Every woman participated in serving the women at the centre.
Dr. Ingram has designed and implemented five International Women’s Convocations. In 2003 over 900 persons from the USA joined hundreds of women from Africa for IWC 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. This historic event was a week long experience that included worship services, workshops and a comprehensive outreach ministry. In 2004 she gave convocation in Kimberly, South Africa. In 2006 she sponsored IWC 06 in Dallas, Texas. The women of the Tenth Episcopal District raised over $100,000 to cover the travel and hotel expenses of women who were coming from every overseas African Methodist Episcopal Church District. This was a first time event in the history of the A.M.E. Church. Because she is passionate about bringing women together for spiritual enrichment experiences she has also had three additional convocations in Cape Town, South Africa. They were held in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In 1992, Dr. Ingram founded the L.I.F.T. Women's Resource Center in Detroit, MI .This much needed facility addresses the needs of women who are recovering from physical, mental and substance abuse. To date this center has served more than 30,000 women.
An accomplished writer, Dr. Ingram has self-published three widely read and highly praised books: “The Journey Inward”, “Still on the Journey” and “A Journey in the Experience of Prayer: A Guide for the Pilgrim Traveler”. She has traveled the USA, as well as the Caribbean and Africa preaching and facilitating workshops and retreats.
Dr. Ingram was featured in Ebony magazine as one of the Fifteen Top African-American Female Preachers in the United States. The African-American Pulpit named her one of the 20 Great African-American Revivalists of the Century. Her sermon, “The Silence of God” is included in the journal's spring 2003 edition.
She is the founder and president of Women of Hope Project Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a tangible difference in the lives of underserved women globally.
Dr. Ingram earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Missouri, a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from St. Louis University, a Master of Religious Education from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry in Spirituality from United Theological Seminary.
Rev.Ingram is the immediate past president of the Episcopal Supervisors’ Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She has received numerous awards from her seminary as well as civic and community organizations. Dr. Ingram is a charter member of the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. (University of Missouri-Columbia, 1966).
Dr. Ingram has been married to Bishop Gregory Gerald McKinley Ingram for 33 years. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Jennifer Eman Keanne, and beautiful granddaughter, Jayda Eman Keanne.