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Rev. Donna Hughes – Sunrise UMC, Phoenix, AZ

by | Jul 20, 2021 | West District Web Page, West District Newsletter

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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