The Reverend Jeffrey Ingold was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 30, 1962, into a family that had worshiped “Lutheran” for generations. After graduating from Bethel Park High School in 1980, he attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where he received his bachelor of arts in Music Performance. The next 5 years Jeffrey attempted to break into a professional life in music performance, 3 of those years in New York City, where he had the privilege of working for a season as a supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera. It was in the company of the world’s greatest singers where he was able to measure his own prowess against such impressive talents as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Convinced that a career in music was unlikely, he returned to Pittsburgh to consider his next move. At that time Jeffrey became more involved in his home congregation, St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, and his love for church life was rekindled. Throughout that year his home pastor, The Reverend Ed Naumann, who had been there for most of his life, along with the intern pastor at the time began a dialogue with Jeffrey about his work in the church and within that year he began to experience his calling to public ministry. In 1993 he graduated Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. His first call was to pastor the people of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellwood City, PA (1993-96) followed by a memorable ministry at First Lutheran Church in Nashville, TN (1996-2002). He is currently serving Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina since April 17, 2002. In 2012, he was married to Sarah at a quiet, family ceremony in the backyard, with a congregational reception at a friends’ backyard pool! Jeffrey’s three sons are Micah, Jonah, and Elijah, and Sarah has two grow sons, Tyler and Andrew. Together, with Sarah and his boys Jeffrey enjoys the ministry of Abiding Presence as well as the surrounding communities in which he lives and pastors. Jeffrey continues to occasionally lend his love for singing as a guest artist with the Raleigh based Chamber Choir of the North Carolina Master Chorale and in the musical life of the church. On the other musical spectrum Jeffrey is learning to play banjo.