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Marion Ingegneri, lead pastor
Grace North Church
Anthem, Ariz.

The desperate situations in life often provoke tough decisions, leading us to crossroads where we must make a choice how to move forward. Marion Ingegneri, lead pastor of Grace North Church, a Foursquare church in Anthem, Ariz., knows just what it means to reach such a turning point.

In 1975, she and her husband, Joe, packed up their firstborn son and followed their friends Richard and Becky Casteel to Yakima, Wash., as they took a ministry assignment there. The next two years, Marion says, greatly impacted her and her husband.

“It was during these two years that we gave birth to our second child, Kelly, who died shortly after birth,” she recalls. “I knew God had met me [at my point of need] and that I would forever dedicate my life to helping others choose life in their dark nights.”

This passion fuels Marion’s ministry calling. Based on what she calls her “life verses”—Deuteronomy 30:11-20—she says she is “committed to helping people choose life in both the small and big moments.” At Grace North, she explains, people are taught that they are the ministers, and that they can choose life daily by spending time with God and in His Word.

“I am believing that the congregation of Grace North will see the manifestation of the miracles we have asked for,” Marion asserts, “because we are on a serious journey to build our faith through the hearing of the Word. I am committed to establishing my theology, and building my faith, on the Word alone.”

Marion and her co-pastor husband, Joe, will be married 37 years this summer. They have three married children and six grandchildren. “Their strong dedication to God is no doubt my most valuable gift,” she shares, “and one I treasure deep in my heart.”

is a credentialed minister and freelance editor living in Sacramento, Calif.