Finding Faith: Katrina Ingalls

Written by: Isabelle Hendrich, staff writer 

       DAYTON, Tenn. — Katrina Ingalls is currently the Resident Director of Arnold Resident Hall at Bryan College. Ingalls was an RA her sophomore and junior year at Bryan College.

Ingalls’ testimony, given with permission, and received through an interview, is the first of many that will be written about for the Triangle for the Fall 2021 semester at Bryan College. This is to help encourage fellow students in their walk with Christ or to assist students in coming to know Him.  

Although Ingalls’ testimony might seem typical to most, each person who God chooses to save is miraculous. Whether someone comes to Christ in a dramatic way or being saved when they were young like Ingalls’, the fact that God redeems any sinful person is incredibly gracious. 

Growing up, Ingalls had loving, Christian parents and attended church regularly. She became a Christian when she was four years old. One major influence on Ingalls’ life was her grandfather, Larry Johnson. Ingalls explained he not only impacted her life in many ways, but he also impacted many other people as well. On her grandfather, Ingalls said, “He did not ever back away from saying what was right and true and holding people accountable.” 

As a strong Christian, Ingalls detailed how her grandfather often showed people love while telling them the truth. Ingalls expressed how important it is to tell the truth while loving others since a lot of people today consider love and the truth to be separate.

Ingalls discussed that being a Christian means continually growing in a person’s relationship with Christ to be more like Him, which is the process of sanctification. Once a person is saved, it is not the end. As sinful people, Christians need to continue to pursue Christ so that He might guide us, through the Holy Spirit, to accomplish His will on Earth. John 14:26 says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (ESV). 

When she first started college, Ingalls said she had a difficult time finding contentment and joy while trying to fit into college. After a good conversation with her mom, Ingalls realized she needed to be thankful for what she had and the many blessings the Lord had given her during her time at Bryan College. While attending college, it can be overwhelming with all of the activities, classes, and events but it is also important to remember, like Ingalls, that God has given us many different opportunities and blessings in which Christians can share with others.  

Isabelle Hendrich is a communication major and history minor at Bryan College. Besides running, Hendrich likes to read and do crafts. She is a triplet whose siblings, Benjamin and Savannah, are also attending Bryan College.