Hughes, Rev. DonnaI grew up in the desert of California and went to Junior and Senior High School in Holbrook, Arizona. After high school, I went away to college in Texas for both a bachelors and masters in Livestock Management/Horse Science. Incredibly fun degrees!  After graduate school, I met the last missionary to leave China and he encouraged me to apply to teach English so I taught Agricultural English in Inner Mongolia, PRC and then through the inability to find a job in my chosen field I ended up at seminary with a dear friend. There I saw my first woman preach and felt the call to ministry.

I had no desire to ever live in the Midwest but God had other ideas. I served churches and a campus ministry in the Dakotas Annual Conference, I was a pastor and college chaplain in the Iowa Annual Conference (where I am still a member), worked at three colleges as a campus minister in Cleveland then spent the last seven years as a college Chaplain at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I am a trained spiritual director and enneagram trainer. My husband and I retired a year ago, sold everything and bought a 5th wheel, and have been work camping around the U.S. with our two Weimaraners (grey ghost dogs). I was missing ministry and came out of retirement to serve Sunrise UMC part-time. My husband is a lover of skydiving so will be taking advantage of our proximity to Eloy to skydive as much as possible. I am an avid trail runner, hiker, reader, moviegoer, yoga lover, world traveler, eater of interesting foods, and unusual candy sampler.

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