Reverend Harold Lafayette Dugger, Sr., a native of Waverly, VA, is the sixth of nine children born to the late Reverend Sidney Dugger and Reverend Ellen Dugger. At an early age, he moved to the Washington Metropolitan Area. He is a graduate of the District of Columbia School System.
Reverend Dugger is a graduate of both The Washington Baptist Seminary and Faith Christian University and Schools where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies, respectively. In December 2008, Rev. Dugger earned a Continued Education Diplomas in Pastoral Ministry from the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe by the way of Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention’s Pastoral Excellence Program. This diploma was bestowed upon him after completing three year of preaching, teaching, counseling, theological reflections and perspectives in Guyana, South America, Jamaica, West Indies and South Africa.
At the age of twelve, Reverend Dugger accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He answered God’s call to ministry at the age of eighteen. On July 19, 1979, Reverend Dugger preached his initial sermon at Peace Baptist Church. Under the leadership of Reverend Arie L. Mangrum, Jr., he served as an Associate Minister.
Reverend Dugger has devoted more than thirty years to ministry. During his tenure as an Associate Minister at Peace Baptist Church, he served as a skilled preacher and teacher. He gave leadership to the Youth, Men’s, Outreach and Prison Ministries. Reverend Dugger has been instrumental throughout the Washington Metropolitan, Maryland and Virginia areas preaching, teaching, visiting the sick and ministering to the disenfranchised. Currently, he serves as a liaison and advisor to the Mayor of Capitol Heights.
He was ordained June 19, 1999 at Peace Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Michael T. Bell. In August of that same year, Reverend Joseph Weaver of First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights appointed him to serve as Associate Pastor. On October 29, 2000, Reverend Dugger was elected Pastor to this branch of Zion.
Under his leadership First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights has flourished! Reverend Dugger has set fourth a vision of the “three E’s” – Education, Evangelism, and Expansion. During his tenure First Baptist is well on its way to bringing this vision to reality. Property surrounding the church has been purchased, setting the groundwork for a future building project, and the development of other venues for teaching and outreach. In anticipation of the future harvest, provisions have been made for worship and parking.
Under Reverend Dugger’s leadership, the Food Ministry continues to meet the needs of the surrounding community providing food for the physical and spiritual man. First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights has outreach ministries in shelters, schools, nursing homes and others venues. The foundation has been established but not limited to other ministries such as Prison, Singles, Women’s, Men’s and Youth Ministries.
Reverend Dugger married Ms. Odelia Tate on August 9, 1986. They have been blessed with three beautiful children: Briana, Sydney and Harold, Jr.
Reverend Dugger gives God all the glory for what he has done and plans to do in his life and the lives of others. His favorite Scripture is Philippians 3:12-14: “Not, as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”