Rev. Michelle Hughes Biography
Rev. Michelle Hughes believes in the power of a contemporary gospel that can positively impact urban life. She offers years of experience in pastoral care, community organization, and non-profit endeavors. She has served as Associate Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ for the Connecticut Conference. As an Interim Pastor; she has served First Church of Lombard in Lombard, Illinois, and was the first woman to lead, as an Interim Pastor, the historic Congregational Church of Park Manor. Rev. Hughes has served on the faculty of SCUPE (The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education), The Chicago Semester and as Associate Chaplain for Elmhurst College.
In her secular ministry, Rev. Hughes has provided consultant services to the Chicago Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, University of Illinois Hospital, the Children’s Place Association, and the Chicago Housing Authority. A champion for justice; she has served as project director for the state-wide advocacy organization, Protestants for the Common Good, as well as worked for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office and the National Rainbow Coalition.
A seasoned trainer, Rev. Hughes founded Hughes & Associates Consulting, which specializes in pre-employment and personal development training. Michelle also worked as an Anti-Racism Trainer for several years through Clergy and Laity Concerned.
This graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary is also the founder of Diaspora Spirit, a women’s group dedicated to connecting women of the African Diaspora in the Chicagoland area. In 2004, Rev. Hughes was recognized by the Illinois State Treasurer, and received the “Woman to Woman – Making a Difference Award.” She is also listed in the 2004-05 editions of Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women.”
Her first book, NiNi’s Awesome Tales, written under the pen name of “RevyRev,” weaves the moral lessons at the core of her faith with the whimsy of fables and the grit of urban life. Told in rhyme to an “old school beat,” this project speaks to young spirits of all ages. A child of the civil rights movement, she pens a blog: www.agingrevolutionary.wordpress.com.
Rev. is a long-time resident of Chicago’s Park Manor community and is the mother of two young adults, Nia and Joshua.