The IPHC joins with the Ingham family and many others in mourning the passing of the Rev. John Ingham, who went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2021. He was 81.
Rev. Ingham served churches in SpiritLife Ministries (South Carolina) and Lifepoint Ministries (Georgia). He served as the Georgia Conference superintendent from 1982-1994, and was a member of the IPHC’s General Board of Administration (GBA). He was followed as superintendent by Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham, who was a longtime friend of the family.
“I had the privilege of serving with John Ingham when he served as the superintendent of the Georgia Conference from 1982-1994,” Beacham said. “As a pastor in Georgia in those years, he was a great encourager to me and all the pastors. He loved Jesus, and all the flocks and under shepherds who served Jesus. He had this amazing laugh, and a deep commitment to prayer and praise. He had been a fruitful pastor in Georgia, and later in the Upper South Carolina Conference. The heart of a pastor was evident in all he did.
“From 1990-1994 I served as Rev. Ingham’s assistant superintendent. He was an effective teacher, mentor, and leader. The gift of encouragement rested upon him, and he shared that gift liberally.
“All of us were blessed by his dear wife, Rita, and their talented children. He was a personal friend to me and my family, and I miss him very much.”
Dr. Hugh Morgan’s Hugh’s News published the following statement from Christian Life Worship Center in Athens, Georgia, where Rev. Ingham served as pastor from 1998-2010:
Pastor John is lovingly remembered for being a true servant of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He did his best to let the church family know how much he cared by being with them during sicknesses, tragedies, celebrations, or any other time he was needed. He was known to spend hours in visitation, never rushing when he was with you. There were no jobs beneath Pastor John. He would wash dishes, take out the trash, fix cars, teach a class, and preach on Sunday. You name it, he probably did it. Please remember his wife, Rita, his family, and friends in prayer.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the family has chosen to follow the recommended health guidelines in order to protect the health and well-being of their family and friends. A celebration of John’s life will be scheduled for a later date.