Henrico, Va., – The Baptist General Association of Virginia announces that Rev. Thomas (Tom) Ingram, Worship and Church Music Specialist and Field Strategist, will retire at the end of 2016.
“Virginia Baptists have been blessed to have Tom Ingram serve them faithfully for 22 years,” Executive Director John Upton said. “Tom is a gifted leader of worship, a superb musician, a caring field strategist, and a good friend. As Tom closes this chapter in his life and begins the next, he retires with our deepest appreciation. I have no doubt he will continue to serve churches with his capable skills for years to come. We can all give thanks for that.”
“These last 22 years at the BGAV have been a wonderful, life-changing and challenging experience, with many varied opportunities, including working and ministering alongside some of God’s choicest people,” Ingram said. “I never imagined that God would allow me to serve Him in so many ways and in so many places.”
Ingram began his career as a baritone soloist while in college at Wake Forest University, before serving as minister of music at several churches in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. After serving as minister of youth and music at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Ingram moved to Danville to become Assistant Professor of Christian Studies, Music, and Religion at Averett University for seven years.
While in Danville, he served Lee Street Baptist Church and College Park Baptist Church as minister of music. Ingram moved back to Richmond in 1983 to become the minister of music and administration at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. He began working for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board in 1994.
“I am indeed grateful to all of the people who made these years possible, including Bob Cochran, Jack Price, Howard Lee, Reggie McDonough, John Upton, Ray Pollard, John Chandler, Mike Harton, Wayne Faison, Ken Kessler and Susan McBride,” Ingram said. “I look forward to the next chapter in my life and pray that it will be a time that honors God and that advances the Redeemer’s Kingdom.”
Ingram has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest Universty, a Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and further graduate study at the Institute for Worship Studies.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.