Ingrid was born in 1993 and grew up in Valle Crucis. From a young age she loved music and has studied piano almost all her life. Blackburn’s Chapel hired her as a pianist in 2011 when she was a freshman at Appalachian State University. She grew to love the community and church services, and Blackburn helped to deepen her faith.
Ingrid has traveled a lot, and got the chance to go to the Taize community in France in 2014. She fell in love with the ancient monastic traditions of chant and silence and ever since has sought to bring contemplative, meditative worship to people in rural Appalachia.
In addition to serving at Blackburn, Ingrid is training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique. It is a mind/body awareness practice that teaches people to be fully present and experience life rather than simply react to it. It is a way of practicing non-violence as it teaches one to honor creation by being the best that he/she can be.
Ingrid continues to seek meaningful ways to commune with nature, God, and those around her as she learns more about herself and the natural world.