A new face will join the college faculty at the end of this month.
Hannah Adams Ingram will serve as the director of religious life and college chaplain starting July 31. Dean of Students Ellis Hall announced the appointment in a campus-wide email July 5.
Rev. Leah Rumsey left the religious life position earlier this summer to pursue her Ph.D. at Harvard University.
Growing up just 10 miles south of Franklin in Nineveh, Indiana, Adams Ingram is familiar with the Johnson County area.
“It’s really exciting to come to Franklin College, close by to where I grew up, and get to do good exciting work at the school in the community that I’m from,” Adams Ingram said. “I’ve been far away from home for so long.”
She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, Religion and Psychological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver in December 2016. She also holds a Master of Theological Studies, Theology and Religious Education from the Emory University Candler School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University.
“My whole journey has been exploring ministry and academic study of religion and education,” she said. “Coming into a chaplain seat and a religious life role is really exciting for me to get to bring these parts of me together that has always been, ‘Am I going to be a teacher? Am I going to be a pastor?’ Being a college chaplain means I get to live in both worlds.”
Higher education is nothing new for Adams Ingram, who previously served as adjunct faculty, a student life coordinator and a writing center fellow at other schools. She has also worked as a lay leader, guest preacher, retreat leader, Sunday school teacher and worship planner in congregational ministry.
Adams Ingram said one of her goals for the upcoming academic year is to talk to as many people as possible in order to hear what students, faculty and staff would like to see done with the college’s religious life program. She aims to build and expand on what currently exists in the religious life program.