Rev. Brad Dardaganian
Rev. Brad Dardaganian is a native of Dallas, TX. Brad attended the University of Texas at Austin and then Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary outside of Boston. At Gordon-Conwell, Brad earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts in Counseling (Magna cum Laude) in 1996. Upon completion of his ordination, Brad accepted a call to First Presbyterian Church in Bonham, TX
As pastor of First Presbyterian, membership and giving has steadily grown, a $400,000 capital campaign was conducted to raise funds for a comprehensive renovation of the 125 yr. old church building. Brad led a proactive examination of the church’s mission and ministry through the denominational New Beginnings process, and has developed a highly successful annual mission outreach called “Spirit of Giving” which provides Christmas gifts for almost 400 community members. In addition, church outreach and communication has improved through the use of technology and social media.
This past year, in response to the shootings at the AME church in South Carolina, Rev. Dardaganian brought together African-American, Hispanic, and other churches in the community for worship. First Presbyterian then partnered with the AME church in Bonham to help renovate their historic sanctuary with capital campaign mission funds and organizing a work day to help the AME church with the renovations.
Rev. Dardaganian was born and raised in Dallas. His parents, Judy and Stephen Dardaganian, are long time Presbyterians who were very involved in the church in which he was raised, Highland Park Presbyterian Church. His mother served as the director of children’s music, and both of his parents were active in the choir and other ministries. As a child, Brad enjoyed summers at Mo Ranch, a Presbyterian conference center in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
Before Brad completed his ordination, he worked as a family and individual therapist, as well as a clinician at a juvenile detention facility for young men. A professed life-long computer nerd, Brad had the opportunity to jump into the Information Technology field as a web developer. During this time he met his future wife, Christa, through the young adult ministry of Newton Presbyterian Church in Boston, MA.
Brad and Christa were married in April 2002 in Dallas at Highland Presbyterian Church. Their son, Joshua, a warm-hearted 8th grader, who is involved in Tae Kwon Do, and loves video games, was born in 2003, and their daughter Sarah, a self-confessed “girly-girl” who participates in competitive dance, was born in 2005.
Christa is Senior Director of Strategic Innovation for the National Hemophilia Foundation based in New York City. She telecommutes and is fortunate to be able to work from home.
Brad plays the guitar, bass, and has recently taken up the drums. He enjoys all types of music from classical to classic rock. BC (before children), he and Christa could often be found at a coffee house or club listening to a local singer-songwriter. AC (after children), their time is spent taxiing children to school, dance lessons, Tae Kwon Do, or binge watching their latest find on Netflix. They have a shared love for baseball, and Brad is a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan. Now that their children are reaching the teenage years, they look forward to discovering their passion for music together again.
A Letter from Pastor Brad
Dear Church Family of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church,
I am deeply honored to be the pastor of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church. I could not be more excited for my family and I to be a part of this community and church family.
I can think of no greater calling or vocation than that of pastor. The opportunity to serve God’s people and the church, to use a variety of gifts where the spiritual, intellectual and emotional intersect, to enter the lives of people during moments of joy and grief, and to seek how and where God is calling the church to be faithful to Scripture and God’s continued work in the work in the world are all ways this calling offers the greatest challenges and the greatest blessings.
Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church has a rich history and bright future. As a congregation with a wide range of programs, a talented staff and a diverse membership it represents the body of Christ in a beautiful way. I look forward to working with the Session, the staff and the congregation as we seek to listen to God’s voice to discern the future God is calling us into together.
Grace and peace,
Brad Mattingly studied vocal performance at Wright State University. His interest in the arts was apparent at an early age from performing with church groups and school groups to just performing for whomever would watch. Musical Theatre was the first actual outlet for his performing but that was only the beginning.
During his time at Wright State, Brad could be seen performing with all the top choral ensembles, as well as with the Opera Theatre department. He performed some 7 roles on the main stage with Wright State as well as a few comprimario roles with Dayton Opera. Brad won the Honor’s recital, Concerto Night and the OFMC Scholarship in the same year. Brad was setting the stage for a career in performing but changed plans rather suddenly when he met the love of his life, Hannah Mumma. They were married in 2012 and have since had 2 daughters.
Please welcome Haley Ingram to Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church. Haley will serve as our Interim Director of Family Ministries through this summer.
Haley recently returned to Dayton after completing a year of service through the PC(USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program in New Orleans. She is a graduate of Muskingum University in New Concord, OH with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs and Political Science. She is a life-long Presbyterian and the daughter of Rev. Denise Weaver, who currently is on staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton after serving for many years at Fairmont Presbyterian in Kettering. Haley is currently active at Westminster as a Youth Advisor. She is in the process of applying for seminary, expecting to begin at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary this Fall.
Haley is very gifted in ministry, having served in various capacities in the church. She is a relational young woman with excellent skills in planning and implementing children and youth programs. She has strong experience in planning, organizing and implementing mission programs, as this was a focus of her work in New Orleans.
She will be able to take over the program level responsibilities of our children and youth ministries, bringing presence and leadership through this role to these ministries of the church, aiding in the planning and organization of our VBS program and the youth mission trip, and maintaining the ongoing week-to-week programs for this important part of our congregation. She will also be able to leverage her experience in the YAV program, church involvement and connections within the broader church as she serves Sugar Creek. Our church will also have the great opportunity to provide experience, nurture and support for a young person entering ministry.