I am an unusual third culture kid, born to a British father who had been a missionary in Zambia and a Canadian mother (she herself was born in Angola to missionary parents). I spent the bulk of my growing up years in Albany, New York where my father pastored a fairly large, vibrant church. Some of my fondest memories are of the international guests that sat around our dinner table and the stories they told.
Needless to say, I was introduced at a very young age to the gospel message and even at the age of six, I was conscious of being able to meet God’s holy standards and that I needed Jesus to be my Savior. I have my siblings to thank for manifesting my imperfections! 🙂 My family as well as relationships in the church encouraged and strengthened me in my faith. And regular exposure to missionaries stirred up my interest in serving overseas.
Three weeks prior to starting college, my parents and two younger siblings moved to England, where my parents were involved in a conference ministry. This marked the beginning of years on the move for me. After graduating from the State University of N.Y in Oneonta with a Bachelors in Food and Nutrition, I moved to Virginia for a year long dietetics internship and then on to Texas, where I began my professional career as a registered dietitian.
Although landing my first job should have been a real highlight for me, those years are marked by a time of deep doubt in the truth of Christianity and lifestyle choices that left Jesus out of the picture. My family was far away and I was alone. But while I tried hard to forget Jesus, He never left me or forsook me. Instead, He kept pounding on my heart’s door, reminding me that He was there. A significant crisis in a relationship that I had looked to for affirmation, love and the “good life”. Wounded and disappointed, I returned to the lover of my soul, who had been waiting on the side all the time.
Desiring to renew my relationship with Christ, I quit my job and took a year out to attend the graduate school of Columbia International University. There I did the certificate program in Bible and Missions. There I met a wonderful guy, Jeff Ingram, who in the course of time asked me to be his wife. The rest is history, so-to-speak. We have enjoyed 27 years together of learning to love Jesus more and each other in the process. We have spent the bulk of those years in overseas ministry (Poland and Germany). In the fall of 2013 we started on another new adventure together, “The Dresden Initiative”, and are excited about the opportunities God is giving us for sharing His love, grace and goodness in a predominantly atheistic context.
Jeff, Peter, Andrew, Megan
Church planting with the German Evangelical Free Church (Bund Freier evangelischer Gemeinden). We aim to plant dynamic churches that will be known for their concern for outsiders and their atmosphere of grace. In the initial stages of a church plant we spend a lot of time building relationships and planning and putting on a variety of fun outreach activities and pre-evangelistic and evangelistic events. We also seek creative ways to contribute to community life; I have used my skills as a dietitian to do this in Germany.
I love ’em!