My name is Jennifer Ingram. I have two grown sons, Robert and Matthew, and three delightful granddaughters. I am retired after many years in the healthcare field, and am now blessed to work with special needs individuals. I am also an artist and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
My journey includes a history of both childhood and adult abuse, which led me to search for answers and peace in my life. Becoming a caregiver has graced me with the ability to feel empathy for the life challenges of others. This has enriched my life.
My early years of church was being dropped off at churches and seeking but never finding a path to God. Later in life, I accepted Jesus but didn’t have a true understanding of God and all HE could teach me.
After years of being on God’s ‘potter’s wheel, He connected the puzzled pieces of my life. He placed other Christians in my path, and ultimately led me to Grace Community Church.
I lived across the street from Missy Wald for over twenty years. She invited me many times to Grace. I was fighting against my faith. I was also in an abusive relationship. One day, I was sitting in my car in my driveway weeping and begging God to help me. A calmness came over me and I felt held by HIM.
Missy invited me to the women’s retreat, and that began my journey of knowledge and faithfulness. The first service I attended at Grace was life-changing. I sat in the balcony with Missy and heard God whisper, “where have you been? I’ve been waiting so long.”
Connections allowed me to search and learn about Christ. While this was occurring, I was struggling to survive an abusive marriage. The women in our group prayed, laughed and listened as we learned HIS Word. Missy Wald gave me a safe haven until my apartment was available. The women in my Connections group prayed fervently with and for me and have encouraged me to pursue Christ with my whole heart.
I seek Jesus in life’s joys and sorrows, knowing that He has in His hands the complete plans for my life. The peace that I now experience has given me a sense of serenity and strength that I never knew was possible. My favorite Bible verse is “Be still, and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10).
My decision to be baptized as an adult is a symbol of my commitment to the personal relationship that I have with Jesus Christ. I am thrilled to be sharing this with our community and being a part of the Grace family.