Occupation: CEO and missions director at Abiding Glory Ministries
Family: Married to Raychel, and they have four children: Tyler, 11, Ansley, 9, Blake, 8, and Gavin, 3.
How many people can say they’ve shown up at a wake decked out in flip-flops, shorts and a T-shirt?
Scott Hughes claims this as his most embarrassing moment.
Hughes and wife Raychel had plans to attend a barbecue where they were living in Jacksonville, Fla.
“We had never been to the house where the party was. I was verbally given directions, but didn’t write them down. We got a little turned around and ended up at a house that we assumed was the correct house because of the number of cars parked out front. We ended up walking into a house in the middle of a wake. Although we were invited in, it became evident very quickly, as we stood there in our shorts and flip-flops carrying in bags of ice for the party, that we were not at the correct house.”
Hughes grew up in Ottowa, Kan., a town of 12,000 located south of Kansas City. His dad worked for the city, his mom was a counselor at the high school and when he wasn’t in school, he spent his time playing football and baseball.
He went on to earn a degree in pastoral studies from World Harvest Bible College in Columbus, Ohio. “That’s where I met my wife,” he says. “We got married on a Saturday and graduated college on a Sunday.”
After working as a youth pastor and social services positions in Ruston, La., and Jacksonville, Fla., for three and a half years, Hughes took a job at Hope Resource Center, the crisis pregnancy center in Knoxville, eight years ago. He left there a year ago to become CEO at Abiding Glory Ministries, also based in Knoxville.
Many got to know Hughes this past spring when he ran in the Republican primary for the District 8 State House of Representatives seat. He and his family live in Seymour in Blount County.
“We knocked on 5,200 doors,” he says. “We ended up getting beat by 444 votes out of 8,000. It was the second closest House primary race in the state.”
Hughes said the Republican primary and general election winner Art Swann has become a good friend. “We talk once a week. Art will serve us well. He’s a conservative Republican. I learned lot and met a lot of people I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Hughes says.
Here is Scott Hughes:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I am more like my mother. She is an extremely hard worker who puts others before herself. I would like to think that I am following this as well.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘“Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly. I’m a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior,’ John Newton, in the movie ‘Amazing Grace.’”
What are you guilty of?
“Having no tolerance for racism of any kind and having very little tolerance for people who don’t understand that our nation was and is based on Judea-Christian principles.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My collection of personal, hand-written journals. I have been keeping a journal for over 8 years.”
What are you reading currently?
“I am an avid reader and, to that end, I am always reading multiple books at the same time. Currently I am reading ‘Never Surrender, A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom,’ by General William Boykin, ‘Common Sense’ by Glenn Beck, and ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ by Jules Verne.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“To hike the entire Appalachian Trail with my sons; to take Raychel on a pampering trip across Europe and to visit the Oval Office and have a conversation with a sitting president.”
What is one word others use to describe you and why?
“Leader. I have been very fortunate to be placed in many leadership roles over the course of my life. These roles have helped shape and define me.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“My inability to relax. I am a doer-type of person, therefore I have difficulty at times just stopping to relax and enjoy the people and things around me.”
What is your passion?
“Loving God and loving others, through action and words. I am passionate about the just defense of others. This has been a driving force in my life as it pertains to my many years in the pro-life arena and in being an advocate for those who are mistreated.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Abraham Lincoln. He is high on my list of people that I admire. I would like to talk to him about the struggles that he faced pertaining to leadership and the time he lived in.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“I would love for a younger Robert Duval to play me. I admire him as an actor.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would love to visit the time of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the ruined walls of Jerusalem. This would be around the year of 445 B.C. He was an amazing leader who led by an example of compassionate prayer and extraordinary hard work.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“She showed me the value of hard work and the benefits of never giving up.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“The two biggest would probably be Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King, Jr. Both of these have provided for me a roadmap of living out of a paradigm that is not centered around myself, but others.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I have a Facebook.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Definitely a dog person. We have a 5-year-old boxer named ‘Buster.’”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I was a ‘dumpster diver’ one summer in high school. I worked for a recycling company, and my job was to collect cardboard.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“I enjoyed watching ‘Scooby Doo’ and then ‘This Week In Baseball.’”
What irritates you?
“Lack of common sense, lazy people, the governmental spending of money we don’t have and the Confederate flag.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Life is a journey and sometimes on the journey you make the right decision and sometimes you don’t. The key is learning. Enjoy every season and don’t always be looking ahead to the next one.”