Born in a small town in Massachusetts, Darren first went to The Salvation Army at the age of 13. Getting involved in a brass band which accompanies singing in the church services, Mudge’s involvement in music led to a move to NY where he became a member of the New York Staff Band and worked at The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters.
In 1988, following two years of training, Mudge was commissioned and ordained as a Salvation Army Officer (minister) and stationed in the New York City area. Appointments included Salvation Army Corps (church) leadership in Staten Island, Newburgh and Hempstead New York. As a Corps Officer, Mudge was responsible for the administrative and pastoral ministry for local congregations.
In 2001, The Salvation Army requested that Mudge relocate to the Southern Africa Territory to take responsibility for Community Relations and Development. Based in Johannesburg, Mudge was responsible for fund raising, public and government relations in the countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.
While in Southern Africa, Mudge was also responsible for the legal work of The Salvation Army, rewriting the constitution for the Territory as well has handling a landmark legal case defining the role of Salvation Army officers. This case also defined the role of ministers in all churches in South Africa.
Following a return to the United States in 2004, Mudge was stationed in York, PA as the Area Coordinator. He was responsible for the administrative oversight of two Corps and several Salvation Army officers. While there he became involved in talk radio, serving as a regular guest host on a local, three hour, morning talk show.
In 2009, Mudge was appointed to Newark, NJ and served as the Area Commander overseeing the work of The Salvation Army in that City. After a two of years there, he was appointed as the Administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Jersey City, NJ. In 2013, Mudge was appointed to leadership of the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, MA. As the administrator, Mudge is responsible for the business administration of the Center.
August 13, 2014
The Salvation Army operates nearly 120 adult rehabilitation centers across the country.