Sister Ingrid Andersen comes from South Africa and is a vowed sister in the Anglican Community of Francis and Clare. An educator of adults and an Anglican priest for seventeen years, she has a Master of Adult Education and is engaged in her Doctor of Adult Education studies at Penn State. Her research focus is on building the capacity of lay and ordained church leaders to respond appropriately to parish teaching and learning needs. She has a special focus on human rights and social justice, life-long learning, community development, peace-building, and healing and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. She has been an integral part of the evangelism work of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa through the development of Anglicans Ablaze, a conference and movement for church renewal, evangelism, and growth. Her human rights and advocacy ministry in South Africa partnered with homeless people in Johannesburg and with refugees in Pietermaritzburg.
Ingrid is a trained facilitator in a number of transformative processes, including the workshops of the Healing of Memories Institute, the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process, and the Alternatives to Violence Project.