For more than 50 years, Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes, one of Virginia's premier gospel ensembles, have been bringing their music and ministry to congregations in the Tidewater and Piedmont.

Maggie Ingram was born Maggie Lee Dixon in Douglas, Ga., in 1930, the fourth of six children of Elder Reason and Evangelist Mother Pauline Dixon. At age 16 she married Thomas Jefferson Ingram, and had five children before moving to Miami, where the couple became active in the ministry at the Wells Temple Church. Within a few years Maggie had formed the Ingramettes with her children, and the group was soon singing at churches, gospel fests and conferences throughout Florida. In 1958, her husband returned to Georgia, and Maggie found herself struggling to keep the family together.

Ingram moved the family to Richmond, Va., where they joined Love's Temple Church of God in Christ, and began singing in and around the city. She expanded her ministry into the community and in 1980 became Evangelist Ingram, with several of her children following in her footsteps. The Ingramettes include members from three generations of the Ingram family.

SCHEDULE: Saturday, Boarding House Park, 5 p.m.; Sunday, Boarding House Park, noon, JFK Plaza, 4:15 p.m.