Payne Theological Seminary, located at the corner of Wilberforce-
Payne Theological Seminary was incorporated in 1894 as an independent institution "...for the purpose of promoting education, religion, and morality by the education of persons for the Christian ministry and missionaries for the redemption of Africa and other foreign lands." In 1954, the Seminary took steps to raise its standards by promoting a program exclusively on a graduate level. Payne Theological Seminary was admitted to membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in 1956. In 1995, it became the fourth historically African American theological seminary to become fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In 2009, the ATS Commission on Accrediting announced that Payne had been elevated to a ten-year accreditation cycle. Payne’
For more information about Payne Theological Seminary go to http://www.payne.edu. For more information about the alumni breakfast in Nashville on Wednesday June 25, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Music City; contact Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church and National Alumni Coordinator at markkellytyler@
About Right Rev. Gregory G. M. Ingram
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’
Bishop Ingram was elected and consecrated the 118th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2000. 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
Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Bishop Ingram served as the Senior Minister of Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Detroit, Mich. During his 13-year pastorate, the church prospered both numerically and financially. Under his compassionate leadership and spiritual direction, 2,400 people united in membership, more than 1,400 were inspired to become tithers and a $2.3-million building and expansion project was undertaken and paid off in five years. Before being assigned to Oak Grove, Bishop Ingram served as pastor of A.M.E. churches in Chicago, Springfield and Alton, Illinois. He also served two years on the religious staff at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Campus.
Bishop Ingram has distinguished himself throughout African Methodism, in particular, and the religious community, in general, for his expertise on stewardship and tithing. He is a dynamic preacher and lecturer who is sought after to speak at churches, colleges, universities and civic functions. He has authored a number of publications that are heralded throughout African Methodism. Included among them are Equipping the Saints for Service, The African Methodist Episcopal Church Pastor’s Journal and Quarterly Conference Record Book, The Joy of Giving More Than Enough and The S.A.T. Manual on African Methodism: A Study Guide on the Faith, Beliefs, History and Structure of the World’s Oldest Denomination Founded by Blacks, an acclaimed instructional tool for new members that has been updated and expanded.
Bishop Ingram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilberforce University, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Antioch College, a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. His religious, civic, community, professional and social affiliations, past and present, include the Ecumenical Center for Stewardship Studies in North America (executive board member), the Christian Communication Council (board member), Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (advisory board member) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (life member). He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is a Thirty-Third Degree Mason-Prince Hall Affiliation.
Bishop Ingram is married to the Reverend Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram, his devoted partner in ministry. They are the proud parents of one adult daughter, Jennifer Eman Keanne, and the grandparents of two treasured granddaughters, Jayda and "Gabby."