Chip Ingram

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Chip Ingram
Ralph Browne Ingram II

(1954-06-21) June 21, 1954 (age 64)[1][2]
Alma materWest Liberty University
Dallas Theological Seminary
OccupationPastor, author, orator
Spouse(s)Theresa Ingram
Children4: Jason Ingram[3]
Parent(s)Ralph Browne Ingram[2]
Martha Ann Carpenter[2]

Ralph Browne "Chip" Ingram II (born June 21, 1954)[2] is a Christian pastor, author, and teacher. He is the founder, teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over 30 years, Chip is the author of many books, including Culture Shock, The Real Heaven, The Real God, The Invisible War, and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Columbus, Ohio,[4] Ingram grew up in what he called "a negative religious environment".[5] In his book, Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality, Ingram recounts growing up in a church that did not believe in the Bible or in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. "We read our prayers, we said the right things, we fulfilled our religious duty, and then we went home. There was absolutely no expectation that what we did on Sunday would have any impact on how we lived the rest of the week.”

As a result, by the time Ingram was a teenager, he was disengaged from church and God. He recalls, "I wanted to believe, but the older I got, the less interested I became in going through the religious motions and pretending and saying things that no one lived or believed." [6]

The intersection of faith and basketball[edit]

Throughout high school and college, Ingram was an avid basketball player. After high school, he found himself at a summer camp playing basketball with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. At first, Ingram “was more than a little skeptical” of the Christians he met at the camp. Yet, he couldn’t deny the sincerity of these student athletes' faith – or their love for one another. It was also during that time that Ingram began to wonder about the purpose of his life. He realized that up until that point he had attained success and achieved his goals, yet he didn't have peace or purpose in his life. He began asking, “If God exists, what does He really want from me?” [6]

One day at camp, Ingram opened his Bible and began reading Romans 12. As he read, he realized that God simply wanted his heart, his life, and a joyful relationship with him. God did not want him to follow a set of rules and attend "boring religious services where people don't live what they actually believe."[6] That same week, Ingram became a Christian when he “heard the news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”[6]

Ingram went on to graduate from West Liberty State College in 1976. Afterwards, he received an invitation from Sports Ambassadors to travel overseas with other college basketball players from around the nation using basketball as a vehicle for evangelism. During the next two summers he would go onto ball out on "dem folks", dunking on people then spreading the Gospel to them, Ingram toured the Caribbean, South America, and Asia with three international basketball teams, a trip that he said to be the turning point of his life.[5]

While he was on tour, he caught a vision that God could use an ordinary person like him to accomplish extraordinary things.[5][7][8] Ingram started to believe that God was not calling him to coach athletes, but to “coach” people for Jesus Christ and become a pastor.[9]


In 1982, Ingram began his pastoral ministry at a small, rural church near Dallas, Texas. While he was there, it grew from 30 to 500 people. In 1990, he became the senior pastor for Santa Cruz Bible Church in Santa Cruz, California[10] where he led a church congregation of 1,000 that grew to over 4,000.[5]

In 1995, he founded Living on the Edge as a nationally syndicated radio ministry, which has since grown into an international Christian discipleship ministry. In 2003 Ingram moved to Atlanta, Georgia to become president and chief executive officer of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, succeeding Bruce Wilkinson.[10][11]

In 2009, Ingram became the Senior Pastor for Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California.

Today, Ingram serves as CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge.[12] He is the author of 15 books and several small group ministry studies.


Ingram completed his undergraduate work at West Liberty State College and went on to earn a Master of Education from West Virginia University and a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.[8][9][10]


Ingram and his wife, Theresa, have four children and 12 grandchildren.[9]


  • Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Divisive Issues. Baker Books. 2014. ISBN 0801016126.
  • Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Baker Books. 2015. ISBN 0801017076.
  • Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Losing More. Howard Books. 2012. ISBN 1439138273.
  • True Spirituality: Becoming a Romans 12 Christian. Howard Books. 2012. ISBN 1476727635.
  • Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality. Howard Books. 2011. ISBN 9781439190524.
  • Good to Great in God's Eyes. Baker Books. 2012. ISBN 0801014271.
  • Finding God When You Need Him Most. Revel. 2013. ISBN 0800788389.
  • The Miracle of Life Change How God Transforms His Children. Moody Publishers. 2004. ISBN 0802429807.
  • Overcoming Emotions that Destroy. Baker Books. 2010. ISBN 0801072395.
  • Holy Ambition: What it Takes to Make a Difference for God. Moody Publishers. 2010. ISBN 0802429831.
  • The Invisible War. Baker Books. 2007. ISBN 0801068258.
  • Effective Parenting in a Defective World: How to Raise Kids Who Stand Out from the Crowd. Focus on the Family. 2007. ISBN 141430384X.
  • Sex 180: The Next Revolution. Baker Books. 2005. ISBN 0801045290.
  • God As He Longs for You to See Him. Baker Books. 2006. ISBN 0801066107.
  • Holy Transformation: What It Takes for God to Make a Difference in You. Moody Publishers. 2003. ISBN 0802429793.
  • I Am With You Always. Baker Books. 2004. ISBN 0801064988.


  1. ^ "WorldCat Identities: Ingram, Chip 1954-". WorldCat. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ralph Browne Ingram II (b. 1954)". Ohio Birth Records. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. "Inductee: Ralph "Chip" R. Ingram II" (PDF). Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Chip Ingram Biography". Chaires United Methodist Church. September 6, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Moore, Waveney Ann (10 October 2007). "Churches unite voices in sweet sound". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d Ingram, Chip (2009). Living on the Edge. New York: Howard Books. p. xxiv,xxvii-xxix. ISBN 978-1-4391-9052-4.
  7. ^ "Alumni Wall of Honor Inductions to take place Thursday, October 7th". West Liberty University. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Chip Ingram's Bio". Christian Book Previews. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Chip Ingram". Living on the Edge. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "99.5 KKLA-FM Radio Host Chip Ingram to Speak on Love, Sex and Lasting Relationships March 15". Los Angeles: Salem Communications. February 28, 2005. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ministries Names New President". Lakeland Ledger. 10 August 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  12. ^ Henry, Nancy (2 September 2011). "Marriage program scheduled at Greenwood church". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 11 July 2013.

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