We Would Like to Welcome Gloria Hughes to Appalachian District as the District Church Vitality Strategist

posted on June 25

Beginning July 1, 2018, The Reverend Gloria Hughes will join the staff of the Appalachian District Office as the new Church Vitality Strategist. Reverend Hughes is a passionate lover of God and people. She is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church and serves as the Chair of the Order of Deacons for the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.  Gloria also serves on the Executive Team of the Board of Ordained Ministry and is a member of the Conference Residency in Ordained Ministry (RIOM) Relations Team.
Gloria comes to us from Clemmons United Methodist Church where she leads the congregation in Discipleship and Equipping the Laity for Ministry and Outreach. She brings with her a passion and gift for helping others develop faithful “followship” of Jesus and living into their own call as passionate disciples of Jesus. Christ. 
Gloria has experience in leading others in discerning to whom, where, and how God is calling them into the world. One of her gifts and passions is helping congregations identify their gifts as a body and helping to connect them to the needs of their community. Along with a team of covenant partners of the Clemmons congregation, she helped begin the first Parents of Addicted Loved Ones Group in the state of North Carolina.
She is also a founding team member of The Foundation for Christian Formation, which leads an annual series of Confirmation retreats for churches of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.
In addition to her other gifts, Gloria is a sacred artist and finds great joy in connecting people with the visual word of God and their own creative spirit. She has been invited to create stoles for presiding Bishops of the last two General Conferences and finds great joy and delight in the dance co-creativity with the Spirit of God.
Reverend Hughes is married to The Reverend Chris B. Hughes, a United Methodist Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference. Together they have five children and five grandchildren.
It is with great excitement that we look forward to her being in ministry for and with the people of the Appalachian District.

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