The Reverend Garrett Bradley Bugg began his ministry at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church in April 2013. Pastor Bugg was born in Sylva, a small town in the North Carolina mountains. He later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Myers Park High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma.
Attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Pastor Bugg was active in many campus organizations. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with honors in 2003. Discerning a call to ministry, Pastor Bugg then attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. There he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2006.
After seminary, Pastor Bugg sought to increase his knowledge in pastoral care and counseling and enrolled in the Gloria Dei Academy, a training site for clinical pastoral education. While there, he completed over sixteen hundred hours of clinical training. He was ordained in August 2007 by Presbytery of Charlotte, and was installed as Associate Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton, VA. In January 2010 he moved to Ashland, Kentucky serving as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church. During his time in Ashland, he continued his work in clinical pastoral education, and received certification as both a Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor.
Pastor Bugg married his wife, Alison, in September of 2011. A native Philadelphia, Ali is an AEA stage manager who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theaters across the country. She currently puts her stage management skills to good use as the Operations Manager for the Nexus Global Studies Program at Cape Henry Collegiate. Ali is also an adjunct professor in stage management at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Their daughter, Emilia, was born in November 2013, and has been working her way into sermons ever since. She enjoys learning to walk, talk, and making a mess while eating. The family dog, a rescued Dachshund named Penny, enjoys sitting under Emilia’s high chair and chasing Virginia squirrels.
Aside from spending time with his family, Pastor Bugg enjoys reading, driving, outdoor activities, and makes a mean North Carolina style barbeque.