Dr. Verenander Lloyd Hughes was born in Blackstone, Virginia to Herbert A. Hughes, Sr. and the late Dorothy W. Hughes. He is the product of the public schools of Nottoway County and a graduate of Nottoway High School. Dr. Hughes continued his educational pursuit by attending Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, Virginia and graduating from Richmond Virginia Seminary Richmond, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, Drew University Madison, New Jersey with a Master of Theological Studies, and United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio with a Doctor of Ministry Degree. His doctoral dissertation focused on: Developing An Intergeneration Congregation in an African American Church for Post-Modern Leadership. Dr. Hughes is currently persuing the Knowledge Based Coaching Certification through the International Federation Certification.
Serving more than two decades in ministry, Dr. Hughes has served as pastor of the Saint Paul Baptist Church Forest, Virginia. Counselor for Youth Support Services in partnership with the Roanoke City Juvenile Court System, adjunct professor with the Northern School of Religion Newark, New Jersey teaching Philosophy of Religion, served as pastor at Bethel Baptist Church Orange, New Jersey, and is currently the Senior Pastor at Genesis Baptist Church.
The works of Dr. Hughes has extended beyond the church walls. He was very active in the community. Dr. Hughes has connected the church with the community through collaborative efforts that enhance the quality of life in the community. His community work focus on maximizing resources extended to undeserved populations in the community, and collaborating with leaders.
Dr. Hughes received the Key to The City of Orange under the Mims-Hackett administration, proclamation from the City of Orange under both Hackett and Hawkins administration. In 2010, he was awarded the Pillar of the Community Award. In 2014, the NAACP awarded Dr. Hughes with the Spiritual Award, and also received an award from Orange City Council for spiritual leadership in the community.
Dr. Hughes served as Chaplain for the Orange Police Department, served on Orange Public Library Trustee Board, a member of the Drew University Alumni Executive Board. Dr. Hughes is a currently the Director of Ordination for the Rowan Association, a member of the Pulpit Forum of Greensboro, and Pastors of the Piedmont. Dr. Hughes life philosophy is to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path.” He is married to Sandra Terry Hughes and they have two grown children, Quinton and Devondra.