August 13, 2011
Surrounded by congregants of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roosevelt, Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin joined with Reverend Reginald Tuggle to commemorate his retirement and unveil "Rev. Reginald Tuggle Avenue" located at the corner of Gormley Avenue and Babylon Turnpike. Reverend Tuggle was the pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church for over thirty years, where the congregation grew from just under 50 members in 1973 to over 1,000 members in 2003.
"Reverend Tuggle is a true inspiration to all those who know him," stated Supervisor Murray. "It is truly a privilege to have this opportunity to recognize all of his accomplishments."
In a fitting ceremony prior to the unveiling of the street sign, officials and clergy alike gathered in the social hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church along with congregants to celebrate and venerate Reverend Tuggle.
Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Reverend Tuggle, Memorial Presbyterian Church became one of the most community-involved churches in Roosevelt, Hempstead Town and Nassau County. Today, the Church's Ministries total more than 20. Since 2000, more than $200,000 has been awarded to church members who have graduated from high school and have gone on to higher education.
"Today, we honored a man who has made a positive and enduring difference in the lives of so many others," added Councilwoman Goosby.
Reverend Tuggle began preaching as a teenager at the age of 16. He graduated from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Psychology. Reverend Tuggle received a Master of Divinity degree from New York's Union Theological Seminary in 1972, where his studies focused on systemic theology and Christian ethics. He pursued a PhD at Yale University on the subject of ethical implications of multinational corporation investments in third world countries. He also studied for one year at Central Philippine University and three months at the University of Ghana.
Reverend Tuggle currently serves as executive assistant to the president and college relations director at Nassau Community College. He is a former director of public affairs at Newsday.
"Reverend Tuggle has been a soldier, fighting for the souls of his followers and he has helped enhance our entire community and the world," concluded Supervisor Murray.