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Dan Hughes-Senior Pastor
I was blessed to grow up in a  home where  seeking and serving Christ was a priority. I committed my life to   Jesus in 1974 at the age of seven and baptized at Willoughby Baptist  Church in  northern Ohio. I attended Carson Newman College from 1984 to  1986 where I  responded to God’s call to full-time ministry. I  transferred to Baylor  University and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor  of Arts in Religion. I  received my Master of Divinity from Southwestern  Baptist Theological Seminary  in 1992. After taking a break from  official schooling until 2004, I received my  Doctor of Ministry from  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007.

        The Lord brought my wonderful  and loving wife, Susan, into my  life during my senior year at Baylor  University. We were married on  August 17, 1991. The Lord has blessed us with  three beautiful children,  Danielle (Dani), Andrew, and Elizabeth (Beth). I  daily learn to love  the Lord more as my relationship with my wife and children  grows. I  know the Lord wisely put them in my life to support, encourage, and   love me unconditionally.

        I served  as an associate pastor of youth and college and then  college and education at  Emmanuel Baptist Church in Waco, Texas from  1990 to 1997. I was senior pastor  of Kingsley Lake Baptist Church in  Starke, Florida from 1997 to 2008. Since  November 2008, I have served  as senior pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

        I enjoy  spending time with my wife and children, playing golf,  woodworking, and reading  history. I seek to live daily in the reality  that the Lord calls me His friend  and servant. One of my life verses is  Jeremiah 29:13 which I use as a challenge  to seek and serve the Lord  with all my heart all the days of my life.
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