Andrena Ingram
Inside the Red Door

Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram graduated from Francis Lewis High School and went on to serve 7 years of active duty in the Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor, and mentor; empowering her to rise up out of herself. Her defining moment came upon hearing the story of the “bent-over” woman in Luke 13:10-17; realizing that she herself had been bent over for so many years, by so many obstacles and challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, as insurmountable.

Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia Pa, for the past four years.

Reverend Ingram has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena: herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22 years. Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, empowering others to live abundantly through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ: life without shame, confronting the stigma, and breaking through the silence; encouraging everyone: “to know your status, get tested, and be informed”. Silence = death.

…and ain’t I a woman?–Sojourner, Jesus and me.

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