Reverend Andrena Ingram (also known as "Pastor Andrena" or "Pastor Ingram") has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena, herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22+ years.
Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor and mentor -- empowering her to rise up out of herself and her life challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, insurmountable.
Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael's Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., for the past four years.
Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, encouraging everyone "to know your status, get tested, and be informed." Silence = Death.
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"I was diagnosed with severe heart failure," writes Rev. Andrena Ingram of her recent illness. "In fact, I was asked: 'When did you have the heart attack?' Danged if I knew!"
When a Facebook friend proudly proclaimed she is "disease-free and clean," Rev. Andrena Ingram asked "What does it mean to be disease-free? Is it something to boast about?"
"It was somewhat of a surprise as I sat in the quiet of the fellowship hall, hoping for an HIV support group to appear, that Ernest would appear instead to be my support," Rev. Ingram writes.
Reverend Andrena Ingram took photos of her arms, legs and tummy "to educate the masses" about how some HIV meds can affect some bodies.
Is there less stigma from getting HIV through a blood transfusion? Rev. Andrena Ingram discusses people's assumptions.
National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day has given Andrena Ingram a moment to reflect on her life's journey.
After vowing to take a break and take care of herself, Andrena Ingram is back much sooner than expected to discuss how to begin getting to the end of AIDS.