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Elder Dara Ison

Associate Minister

Elder Dara Ison


Minister Dara “DaWayne” Ison was born in Chattanooga, TN. He is married to Toletha Ison. They are the parents of seven children, four sons, Dara Ison II, Deric Ison, Varian Ford, Paris Taylor, and three daughters, Antionette Taylor, Wanda Taylor, and DeShana Clay. Minister Ison has five grandchildren, Erykah Ford, Marshall Ford, Varian Ford, Nuri Taylor, and Seven Tate.

Minister Ison is a graduate of Kirkman Technical High School, class of 1980. After graduating high school, Minister Ison enlisted in the United States Army. After 20 years of service, Minister Ison was medically discharged from the United States Army. Minister Ison is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, receiving a  Bachelor of Science degree in Religion with a minor in Christian counseling.

Minister Ison was ordained October 14, 2018, at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church by his pastor, friend, and mentor, Elder Anthony Williams. Minister Ison continues to serve and grow under the leadership of Elder Williams as the associate minister of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Minister Ison is a faithful servant of God.

December 17, 2023, Minister Dara Ison was officially ordained as Elder Dara Ison.