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Patrick Duggan

The Reverend Doctor Patrick Garnet Duggan is a native New Yorker, the son of a Jamaican cabinet maker and a New York attorney. A graduate of New York City schools, he attended Harvard University earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980. In 1993, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary. In May 0f 2013, Rev. Dr. Duggan earned the Doctor of Ministry from NYTS through completion of his demonstration project, “Ground Zero in the Economy of God”.

In October 2012 Dr. Duggan was called to serve at the national setting of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and named Executive Director of the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF). CB&LF offers consulting, financing, training and capital campaign services for the purchase, construction or renovation of church buildings, meeting houses, parsonages/rectories, and other facilities used by churches of the United Church of Christ or by any Christian church without limitation to sect, denomination or name. In selecting him for this position, the United Church of Christ charged Dr. Duggan to expand upon CB&LF’s tradition of leveraging assets for tangible, public, measurable impact in the advancement of the mission and ministry of the church.

Dr. Duggan was licensed to the Christian Ministry at the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Jamaica Queens in 1986, and ordained there in 1989. Shortly after receiving the Privilege of Call with the United Church of Christ in 1995, the Congregational Church of South Hempstead/UCC called him to serve as Senior Pastor. The fruits of his ministry with this thriving congregation include the enlarging of mission, ministry and membership, over $280,000 in renovations of the church facilities, a vision plan to guide the church to its 100th anniversary in 2043, and assisting six ministerial candidates to complete the ordination process in the United Church of Christ. In 1999, Dr. Duggan founded a church affiliated community development corporation, Abundant Communities Together, which has served over 900 faith leaders from some 50 denominations to explore faith-based development initiatives in sustainable agriculture, conservation/renewable energy and faith-based social enterprise.

Dr. Duggan has amassed nearly two decades of economic and community development expertise through his work in government and the public sector on Long Island. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Duggan served as Nassau Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. Under his leadership, the County constructed or rehabilitated over 2000 units of housing, secured the County’s first Empire Zone, facilitated over $1.3 billion in new investment and created over 5700 jobs. From 1998 to 2004 he was the first Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island where he led visioning processes with over 3000 Long Islanders in six communities. The resulting vision plans have led to almost $600 million of investment in the region’s poorest communities.

Among the numerous awards and distinctions he has received, Dr. Duggan is most proud of his time as a Group XIII Kellogg Fellow when he toured community development initiatives across the United States and economic development NGOs in South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. For his work in ministry and community economic development, in 2003 Dr. Duggan received the highest honor bestowed annually upon one New York Theological Seminary alumnus/a, the Sower Award for Distinction in Ministry.

Married since 1982 to Patricia Phillips, an educator, the Duggan family includes two adult sons, Jameson and Christopher, an adolescent son, Aaron, and four grandchildren, Makeda, Malik, Maki and Ava.