We are pleased to announce that on Monday, September 10, Ingrid deRoo Addison will join the FPC staff as full-time Director of Mission and Outreach. This new position has been created to bring a more strategic, intentional, and focused approach to FPC’s broad commitment to service, both local and international.
Many of us have worked with Ingrid at George Mason Elementary School where she served as the Communities in Schools Site Coordinator, supporting and inspiring students to be confident and successful. Others know her from presentations to FPC Adult Sunday School groups.
Ingrid will draw upon her considerable talent and experience to provide vision and direction for our already strong missional ministry. We are very fortunate to have her on staff. Please introduce yourself and let's give Ingrid a warm welcome!
About the position…
In March 2018, an Outreach Task Force was formed to assess the mission and outreach programs of First Presbyterian Church and discern the best structure to move forward into the future with focus and energy. Observations of the Task Force included the fact that FPC has 40+ outreach connections, facilitated by multiple parts of the church with no visionary coordination.
The Task Force concluded that our church's stewardship of monetary resources, time, talents, and property is generous, but we have the opportunity to be transformed for a deeper impact and to more fully realize our call as a congregation. In order to achieve this transformation, the Task Force recommended, and the Session approved, creating a new staff position and establishing an Outreach Council to facilitate all mission connections. Having a staff member dedicated to outreach will deepen FPC's relationships with mission partners both locally and internationally as well as more effectively engage and equip people in the church to do outreach.
Ingrid deRoo Addison is someone whom many of us at FPC know. She has served for the last four years as a Site Coordinator for a nonprofit organization, Communities in Schools (CIS), at George Mason Elementary School. That role, she says, provided her the opportunity to encourage students with the truth that they are loved, have a purpose, and are more than their circumstances. While in that position, Ingrid worked closely with FPC, George Mason’s long-term community partner, and developed many wonderful relationships with church members. She also has made presentations about her work to FPC Presbyterian Women and Adult Sunday School classes.
Ingrid’s passion for outreach began as a teenager, when she had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to Tirana, Albania, to work at an orphanage for a week. The orphanage was built, funded, and maintained by Ingrid’s church and the missionaries it sponsored. She witnessed first-hand the power of the gospel, and that experience shaped and prepared her to serve the body of Christ both locally and internationally. Since graduating from Gordon College, Ingrid has devoted her career to teaching, community development, and building partnerships and relationships both organizationally and interpersonally.
While discerning her call to serve FPC, she prayed, “Lord, if this is what you want, open this door.” The door opened, and we are so glad that it did.
Ingrid, her husband Josh and children, Izabelle, Gabriel, and Sean, live with intention in the Church Hill neighborhood. They feel called to serve their neighborhood, care for it, and desire to see it flourish. In her spare time, Ingrid loves to antique, create new recipes, run, and kayak. She also loves a great cup of coffee and would love to meet you over one soon!
Ingrid joins the staff at First Presbyterian on Monday, September 10. She will be busy learning more about FPC’s involvement in our community and the world, and will soon be engaging with many members and outreach partners. Please welcome Ingrid to our church family!