Gregory G. M. Ingram was elected the 118th bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 2000. Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Bishop Ingram served for 13 years as the Senior Minister of the Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan. Under his leadership, 2,400 members joined Oak Grove and more than 1,400 became tithers. Additionally, a $2.3-million building-and-expansion project was paid off in five years. At his departure, Bishop Ingram made sure Oak Grove was on sound financial footing by leaving more than $1 million in the church treasury.
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. His first appointment as a Bishop was to the Fifteenth Episcopal District, which comprises Angola, Namibia and most of South Africa. Much was accomplished during his four years of service there, including the following:
Bishop Ingram has distinguished himself throughout African Methodism 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 Spiritual Aptitude Test (S.A.T.) Manual for African Methodism: A Textbook for Teaching New Members and Nurturing Others in the Church, and his most recent work, The African Methodist Episcopal Church Pastor's Journal and Quarterly Conference Record Book.
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 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.