Rev. Dr. Jessica K. Ingram
THE REVEREND JESSICA KENDALL INGRAM has served as the Episcopal Supervisor for the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church since July 4, 2012. Dr. Ingram oversees the work of the Women’s Missionary Society, the Young People’s Division, the Ministers’ Spouses and Women in Ministry for more than 400 churches in Delaware, New England, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Ingram served from 2004-2012 as the Episcopal Supervisor in the Tenth Episcopal District, which comprises the State of Texas. From 2000-2004, she was the Supervisor of Missions for the Fifteen Episcopal District, which includes Angola, Namibia and most of South Africa. From 1987-2000, Rev. Jessica—as she affectionately is called by many—served as the full-time Assistant Pastor of Oak Grove A.M.E. Church in Detroit, Mich., where she established a comprehensive Ministry to Women. In 1992, while at Oak Grove, Dr. Ingram founded the L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center to address the needs of women who are recovering from physical, mental and substance abuse. The Center, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012, has aided more than 30,000 women since its inception.