Minister follows in grandfather’s and uncles’ footsteps
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Rev. Michael Ingram made a decision about 16 years ago that changed his life. He decided he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and two uncles and preach the word of God.

Rev. Ingram’s grandfather, the late Joe Martin, was pastor at Piedmont Congregational Holiness Church on Hughes Street in the ‘60s. His uncles, Hollis Martin and James Martin, were preachers.

Monday was a day he’ll never forget. He officiated at the funeral of his grandmother Lillian Martin, who was 99 years old.

Rev. Ingram said that his grandmother was a faithful pastor’s wife and enjoyed telling him stories of her and Rev. Ingram’s grandfather’s lives in the ministry.

“I felt a distinct call from God on my life to go into ministry,” he said. “It’s been a wonderful decision. It’s been very fulfilling and rewarding to be in full time ministry. I strive every day to do the work that the Lord has called me to do.”

Rev. Ingram is currently working on his master’s of divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

“I feel like it will help me as a pastor,” he said. “The theological training equips a minister to better serve his congregation.”

In January 2000 he filled the position of minister of students and education at First Baptist Church. He has served as pastor since Nov. 11.

Rev. Ingram was born on March 20, 1966, at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. His father was in the Air Force. The family moved to Piedmont when he was nine months old.

His parents are Art and Linda (Martin) Ingram. His sister, Michelle Franklin, is the city administrator.

He and his wife, the former Brea Gregg, have two children. Grayson is 15 and Bryson is 12. Brea works at Pope Realty.

Rev. Ingram is a graduate of Piedmont High School and Jacksonville State University where he received a bachelor of arts in history and political science.

He enjoys reading and being involved in his children’s school and sports activities. He is a member of the Piedmont City School Board.

“I think growing up here in Piedmont has given me a unique perspective as a minister,” said Rev. Ingram. “And I think it helps me to understand the ministry needs of the people in Piedmont. It’s a huge blessing to be able to be a minister in your hometown to people that you grew up with and people you’ve looked up to all your life.”

Rev. Ingram said he is looking forward to many more years of ministering to the residents in Piedmont.

“I like doing the work of the Lord in our community and our church community,” he said. “I want to see us grow and prosper.”

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