DSU Honors 1st Episcopal AME District Bishop
Delaware State University presented a commendation March 15 to Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram and his wife Rev. Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram, the leader and first lady of First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
DSU President Harry L. Williams presented the commendation during the Welcome Reception of the Delaware Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District held at the Duncan Center in Dover.
In addition to the Delaware AME Conference, Bishop Ingram oversees the Philadelphia, New York (Manhattan, Long Island, Brooklyn, Jamaica and West Chester), Western New York, New Jersey, New England, Bermuda conferences of the AME Church.
The commendation to Bishop Ingram and his wife gave the following citations:
For Bishop Ingram’s visionary leadership of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and most specifically of the Delaware Conference. His guidance as bishop has included the implementation of his 10-Point Partnership Plan to improve every aspect of life for the people under his oversight auspices.
For Dr. Jessica Ingram’s inspiration to the women of the First Episcopal District and most specifically the Delaware Conference. In addition to her life examples of educational achievement, health and women’s advocacy, and authorship of several widely read books on various aspects of spiritual journeys, she has also founded Project Possible, an initiative that works to address gender equality.
Through the indispensable leadership of this “AME Power Couple,” the historic African Episcopal Methodist Church Bicentennial Celebration was held in Philadelphia, highlighted by the erection of a statue of the founder Bishop Richard Allen, as well as the raising of more than $200,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.
Delaware State University therefore commends Bishop Ingram and his wife Dr. Jessica for their accomplishments in the historic preservation of the AME Church and their oversight leadership of the churches of the Delaware Conference, as well as the spiritual tone they set for its individual members.