Reverend Victoria Ingram began serving the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on August 15, 2010.
“I’m honored to be the Minister of this vibrant, warm, welcoming, and committed congregation. Here you will find opportunities to connect with others who share your values and live their convictions; people of all ages and stages of life. First Unitarian is a faith community full of possibility. You are welcome here,” she says.
Drawing from over 25 years of experience in human resources, management, organization development, and program management, Victoria felt the call to ministry and made the commitment to a mid-career change in 2003. Her previous work experience includes positions in healthcare, education, social services, and member service organizations. Her consulting clients included Stanford University, California State Automobile Association (AAA), Pacific Gas and Electric, California Institute of Integral Studies, Sutter Healthcare, and others.
Rev. Ingram completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Oregon, with a Certificate in Women’s Studies in addition to her Bachelor of Science degree. In 1992, she was awarded a Masters degree in Education from Oregon State University, focusing on adult education, organization development, and public administration. In 1998, Victoria completed certification as an executive coach with the Professional School of Psychology. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in May, 2007. Previously she served as parish minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos, California (where she was ordained in April, 2008), and as intern minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, California.
Originally from Oregon, Victoria and her husband, Carl, lived in California for approximately 14 years, ten in the San Francisco Bay area. They moved to Hamilton, ON in July, 2010. Carl, who has earned a Ph.D. in organizational psychology, now consults on leadership development and provides executive coaching. When not at work, they enjoy exploring museums, historical and cultural sites, seeing classic films, and experiencing live music performances.