Our Pastor

 

Our Pastor

Rev. John H. Hughes

John Hughes grew up in Fall River, MA, the third child of four of a father who was a Pediatrician and a mother who was a Registered Nurse. Rev. Mr. Hughes studied Biology at Lafayette College, hoping to be a Pediatric Surgeon. He then attended and graduated Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA in hopes of joining Chaplaincy and Medicine before choosing Pastoral Ministry as his sole profession. His studies in Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) while preparing for Chaplaincy later became instrumental in his work and service to the Beverly Hospital System, and then the Lahey Healthcare Systems. Rev. Mr. Hughes still serves as Chair of the PAC Committee (Professional Advisory Committee), made up of Physicians, Clergy, Nurses, Seminary Professionals, Hospital Administrators, and Volunteers of the many services that support chaplaincy.

Rev. John Hughes’ first church was the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Billerica, MA where he served as head minister from 1975-1980. He then served as pastor of the First Parish Church, Congregational, U.C.C., Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA for 37 years. In both churches her rebuilt memberships, physical plants, and church worship, fellowship, and educational programs. His ministry has included the building of homeless shelters, permanently affordable housing, and food distribution programs.
Rev. John and Marilyn Hughes have raised six children and celebrated the birth of seven grandchildren; they are waiting on the eighth grandchild this September.