CHRIS HUGHES

DIRECTOR OF ONEU MD

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LIFE STORY

Chris was raised in Columbia, MD, a small suburb of Baltimore. Though he grew up attending church, it wasn’t out of a passion for Jesus but out of religious duty. One Sunday, when Chris was in middle school, the pastor preached the good news that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. It was at that moment that God revealed Himself to Chris. Chris saw his sin and responded in repentance. Unfortunately, he saw no drastic change in his life and rom that point on, most of his Christian life was one step forward and two steps back. However, by God’s grace, He began to draw Chris closer at the age of twenty. Determined to find out if this experience from years ago was real, Chris began a search for truth that took him through a lot of different worldviews but ultimately landed him back on Christ. 

Having a deeper understanding of who God was and the power of His Gospel, Chris started to turn this inward ministry of grace outward. Over the past twelve years, He’s been a part of various ministries both outside and inside the local church. He’s worked on the streets of D.C. feeding the homeless, preached the gospel to rooms of unbelievers at evangelism events, built relationships through basketball ministries and the list goes on. The goal has always stayed the same. Jesus says that the kingdom of God is a treasure and Chris’ goal has been to share that treasure with everyone that he can.

In 2011, Chris’ ministry work culminated with the marriage to his wife, Darcie and son, Elijah. He has had the privilege of loving and leading them over the last five years. It has been the most challenging yet fruitful work he’s been a part of. It's with them that he sets their sights and hearts to the campus of UMD College Park.