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. In this new assignment, he presides 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.
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. 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
Membership and Discipleship
Mission Outreach and Disaster Relief
Stewardship and Fiscal Integrity
Youth and Young Adults
Reverend, Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram
THE REVEREND DR. 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.
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THE PRESIDING ELDER'S COUNCIL
Bermuda/New England Conference
Rev. Howard Dill
Presiding Elder-East-West District in the Bermuda Conference
Presiding Elder-Boston-Hartford District in New England Conference
New Jersey Conference
Rev., Dr. Winton Hill, III
Presiding Elder-Newark District & Council President