Our Pastor

Dr. Verenander Lloyd Hughes was born in Blackstone, Virginia to Herbert A. Hughes, Sr. and the late Dorothy W. Hughes. He is the product of the public schools of Nottoway County and a graduate of Nottoway High School. Dr. Hughes continued his educational pursuit by attending Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, Virginia and graduating from Richmond Virginia Seminary Richmond, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, Drew University Madison, New Jersey with a Master of Theological Studies, and United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio with a Doctor of Ministry Degree. His doctoral dissertation focused on: Developing An Intergeneration Congregation in an African American Church for Post-Modern Leadership.

Serving more than two decades in ministry, Dr. Hughes has served as pastor of the Saint Paul Baptist Church Forest, Virginia (7 years). Counselor for Youth Support Services in partnership with the Roanoke City Juvenile Court System, adjunct professor with the Northern School of Religion Newark, New Jersey teaching Philosophy of Religion, and currently serves as pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church Orange, New Jersey since 2000.

The works of Dr. Hughes has extended beyond the church walls. He is very active in the community. Dr. Hughes has connected the church with the community through collaborative efforts that enhance the quality of life in the community. His community work has focused on maximizing resources extended to underserved populations in the community, and collaborating with leaders in the City and State of New Jersey for the betterment of all people.

Dr. Hughes has been honored to receive the Key to The City of Orange under the Mims Hackett administration, proclamation from the City of Orange under both Hackett and Hawkins administration. In 2010, he was awarded the Pillar of the Community Award.  In 2014, the NAACP awarded Dr. Hughes with the Spiritual Award, and also received an award from Orange City Council for spiritual leadership in the community.

Dr. Hughes serves as Chaplain for the Orange Police Department, served on Orange Public Library Trustee Board, a member of the Drew University Alumni Executive Board. Dr. Hughes life philosophy is to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path.”  He is also married to Sandra Terry Hughes for 25 years and they have two grown children, Quinton and Devondra.

Dr. Verenander Lloyd Hughes was born in Blackstone, Virginia to Herbert A. Hughes, Sr. and the late Dorothy W. Hughes. He is the product of the public schools of Nottoway County and a graduate of Nottoway High School. Dr. Hughes continued his educational pursuit by attending Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, Virginia and graduating from Richmond Virginia Seminary Richmond, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, Drew University Madison, New Jersey with a Master of Theological Studies, and United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio with a Doctor of Ministry Degree. His doctoral dissertation focused on: Developing An Intergeneration Congregation in an African American Church for Post-Modern Leadership.

Serving more than two decades in ministry, Dr. Hughes has served as pastor of the Saint Paul Baptist Church Forest, Virginia (7 years). Counselor for Youth Support Services in partnership with the Roanoke City Juvenile Court System, adjunct professor with the Northern School of Religion Newark, New Jersey teaching Philosophy of Religion, and currently serves as pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church Orange, New Jersey since 2000.

The works of Dr. Hughes has extended beyond the church walls. He is very active in the community. Dr. Hughes has connected the church with the community through collaborative efforts that enhance the quality of life in the community. His community work has focused on maximizing resources extended to underserved populations in the community, and collaborating with leaders in the City and State of New Jersey for the betterment of all people.

Dr. Hughes has been honored to receive the Key to The City of Orange under the Mims Hackett administration, proclamation from the City of Orange under both Hackett and Hawkins administration. In 2010, he was awarded the Pillar of the Community Award.  In 2014, the NAACP awarded Dr. Hughes with the Spiritual Award, and also received an award from Orange City Council for spiritual leadership in the community.

Dr. Hughes serves as Chaplain for the Orange Police Department, served on Orange Public Library Trustee Board, a member of the Drew University Alumni Executive Board. Dr. Hughes life philosophy is to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path.”  He is also married to Sandra Terry Hughes for 25 years and they have two grown children, Quinton and Devondra.

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