People of Faith: July 8, 2016

Cathy Hall Hughes

Cathy Hall Hughes

Center for Vitality welcomes lay program coordinator

The Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality (CFV) has announced Cathy Hall Hughes as the new lay program coordinator for ministry with local churches across the state. She begins her work with the CFV July 7.

In her new role, Hall Hughes will take the lead in resourcing congregations to act on Step 7 of the Bishop’s Mission Plan: Unleash Lay Leadership. She will lead in research, development and distribution of resources that support Step 6 of the Mission Plan for congregations: to grow by at least one in worship attendance, professions of faith, small groups and mission field outreach. She also will coordinate CFV programs and events; collaborate with the Conference Board of Laity; and coordinate networks for spiritual direction and congregational coaching.

“Cathy is a great addition to the team of the Center for Vitality,” said the Rev. Dede Roberts, CFV director. “She loves God and God’s people, and as a committed lay member of the United Methodist Church, she brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and enthusiasm for turning laity loose to minister in their mission fields across the state. We did a national search, and discovered we had the right candidate down the hall.”

A lifelong United Methodist who has been a member of congregations large and small, urban and rural, Hall Hughes has spent many years in active lay ministry, including three years as chair of the Central District Board of Missions and a term on the board of trustees for Mount Eagle Retreat Center. Her career has included numerous church-related roles, such as special projects coordinator for Mount Eagle, director of resource development for Camp Aldersgate and assistant to the office of development and college relations at Hendrix College. She has most recently served almost five years as church relations liaison for the Arkansas Conference Center for Administrative Services (CAS). She lives in Little Rock and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Child hunger initiative names district ambassadors to connect, encourage, share with local churches, groupsHunger Logo - FINAL

The 200,000 Reasons initiative to fight childhood hunger in Arkansas has designated an ambassador for each of the five districts in the state:

Central District: Elizabeth Mayfield-Hart,; 501-590-9524

Northeast District: Rev. Jeff Weaver,; 870-239-1768

Northwest District: Becky Neighbors,; 479-783-0385

Southeast District: Evelyn Banks-Shackleford,; 870-662-0672

Southwest District: Rev. Lu Harding,; 501-253-0852

These volunteers have a passion for reducing childhood hunger in Arkansas. They are available to make presentations at church meetings or small group gatherings such as Sunday school classes, and can assist local churches in making progress toward hunger relief in their communities.

The 200,000 Reasons district ambassadors are ready to help local churches succeed in being the hands and feet of Christ to our brothers and sisters who experience hunger and food insecurity. District ambassadors are prepared to engage their fellow United Methodists on a personal level, and bring a familiar face to the 200,000 Reasons Initiative. They will work with 200,000 Reasons project coordinator Mary Lewis Dassinger to promote education, advocacy, community events and fundraising within their respective districts.

Contact your district ambassador to brainstorm ideas for getting started on something new or improving an existing hunger relief ministry in your community.