Pastor Mike and Marlene Hughes
Pastor Mike Hughes was born in Las Animas, Colorado on May 15, 1958. He was raised in the small mountain community of Beulah, Colorado and graduated from South High School in Pueblo, Colorado. Attending the University of Colorado Pastor Hughes completed a two year vocational degree course in Building Construction Trades.
While working for the Santa Fe Railroad, he met his wonderful wife Marlene. They were married in July of 1980. They were very active in their local church and it was there that he was called to preach.
Resigning from the Santa Fe Railroad, Pastor Hughes moved with his wife and two children to Dallas, Texas and there attended Independent Baptist College. By the time his third child was born he had successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. He graduated in 1987 as valedictorian from the Independent Baptist College.
While continuing his vocation in the building and construction trades, Pastor Hughes has successfully built and been pastor of churches in Oklahoma and Alaska. Since 1989 he has been the pastor of the Chugiak Baptist Church.
Pastor Hughes is proud of his wife, children, and seven grandchildren. His wife Marlene is the love of his life and is his greatest encouragement.
When he was a young boy, Pastor Hughes came to Alaska for the first time and fell in love with the state. He has been in and out of Alaska many times since that summer of 1969 and is now grateful that God has allowed him to live and work in the "Great Land".