Janice Ingram, Senior Pastor


I am an energetic and committed worker in my heavenly Father’s vineyard, where I have labored for nineteen years. I am the mother of three sons: Reverend Melvin L. Ingram, Jr., Reverend Brandon L. Ingram, and Edwin L. Ingram. My son Melvin is an associate minister at Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where I am the pastor. Edwin is employed with the Federal Prison Central Office in Washington, DC as a Contract Specialist.  Reverend Brandon L. Ingram is the pastor Ashley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Rockingham, NC.

2000-Present Pastor, Wayman Chapel AMEZ Church

I, with the help of God, have led efforts to put a roof on the church among other repairs. I also spearheaded our tutorial program, grant writing efforts, and ministerial outreach programs. Additional land adjacent to our edifice was purchased, and the Wayman Chapel Faith Center has been built there. This is a 12,250 sq. ft. facility, which provides meeting rooms for the growing ministries begun by the pastor and members. This is a much-needed facility for the church and community. There are classrooms, meeting rooms, a large kitchen, offices, and an assembly room. The assembly room is used for meetings and gatherings, banquets, weddings, etc. You can see The Wayman Chapel Faith Center and the current ministries being carried on by visiting our website at

On the Rockingham District, I have served as the district treasurer and district ministerial instructor. I am currently the district financial secretary. I served as a conference studies ministerial instructor for many years.  I have been a presenter for the Piedmont Episcopal District Leadership Training  Institute for 2010, 2011 and 2012.  I have hosted the District Conference and the Annual Conference. I was elected an alternate delegate for the 2004 General Conference and was elected a delegate for the 2008 and 2012 General Conference. I served as a volunteer at Hoffman Elementary School during the 2007-2008 school year. I was a mentor for a fourth grade student and I helped with the end of grade testing.


2010 Master of Divinity – Hood Theological Seminary (Magna Cum Laude)
1999 Master of Arts Religious Education– Hood Theological Seminary
1987 Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education – Gardner-Webb University
1972 Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education – Winston-Salem State University (Magna Cum Laude)


1972-2002 Teacher, Fairview Heights Elementary School
Served as a teacher in kindergarten and first grade. Served as grade level chairperson and on other various committees.
1997-2000 Pastor, Flat Rock AMEZ Church
Coordinated building efforts such as replacing the roof, expanding the church office, renovating fellowship hall, and other repairs. During my tenure as pastor, we stabilized our finances and increased the membership.


  • K-4 Teaching License, 1972
  • Deacon’s Ordination, 1996
  • Elder’s Ordination, 1998
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 1998 and 2005
  • Time Warner Cable Star Teacher Award, 1999 and 2003
  • Rockingham District Pastor of the Year for 2000-2001 and 2009
  • National Education Association
  • North Carolina Association of Educators

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