Our Leadership

Kenneth B. Hawes

Senior Pastor


Rev. Kenneth B. Hawes received his Masters of Divinity in 1994 from Wesley Theological Seminary, after having earned his Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of NY at Purchase.  

Ken’s passions in ministry are preaching, helping individuals and congregations grow in love and service to Christ, and seeking justice and peace in God’s world.  He has served churches in Stamford, CT, Croton on Hudson, NY and Hagerstown, MD.

An avid musician, he plays French horn with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles.  Ken also enjoys baseball, hiking and biking.  He is married to Nancy Hammond, and they provide a home to a retired greyhound and two cats.

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Evelyn Rivera

tiempo parcial Pastor Asociado (Associate Pastor)


Evelyn Rivera es un candidato certificado para el ministerio ordenado en el Distrito Central de Harrisburg PA Conferencia. Asistió a la escuela de concesión de licencias en Drew Theological Seminary, Nueva Jersey. Inició su M. Div. en la Facultad de Teología Evangélica. Evelyn está casada con el Rev. Edgardo Rivera y tiene dos hijos maravillosos, Eduardo y Emilio. Viven en Frederick, MD.


Evelyn es actualmente trabaja como Coordinador de Servicios ayudar a las personas con discapacidad. Ella se enorgullece de cocinar comida latina para su familia y amigos. Ella es conocida por su entusiasmo, hospitalidad y espíritu alegre y carismática. Su pasión por el ministerio incluyen, la adoración, el cuidado pastoral, grupos pequeños, y el ministerio de las mujeres ".


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Evelyn Rivera is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the Harrisburg District-Central PA Conference.  She attended the licensing school at Drew Theological Seminary, NJ.  She initiated her M. Div. at Evangelical School of Theology.  Evelyn is married to Rev. Edgardo Rivera and has two wonderful sons, Eduardo & Emilio.  They live in Frederick MD. 


Evelyn is currently employed as a Service Coordinator assisting individuals with disabilities.  She takes great pride in cooking Latin cuisine for her family and friends. She is known for her enthusiasm, hospitality,  and joyful and charismatic spirit.  Her passions for ministry include, worship, pastoral care, small groups, and women’s’ ministry.

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Carol Whitney

Parish Nurse


Carol Whitney has served as the Parish Nurse at Hughes since 2002.  She completed a parish nurse/equipping lay ministry certification course at Wesley Seminary in 2001.  She received her nursing education at the Washington Hospital Center and earned a BA in international affairs at the George Washington University.

Carol serves as a member of the pastoral staff, visiting and helping Hughes members as they experience health challenges.  She has also been a staff nurse at Montgomery Hospice since 1982.  She lives in Silver Spring with her husband Ken.  They have two grown sons, Larry and Rob.


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Ken Webb

Chancel Choir Director


Prior to his current position as the Chancel Choir Director at Hughes, Ken served as choir director or director of music in several local churches in Maryland and Northern Virginia. He also served as the director of The Academy of St. Cecilia’s Prep Orchestra (elementary strings) and Chamber Orchestra (intermediate orchestra) from their inception in the fall of 2002 thru the spring of 2013.


After graduating with a Music Education Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, Ken taught elementary music in Preston, Maryland. He then worked as a musician in diverse settings – jazz, big band, orchestral and rock & roll, including productions at Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. As a director and church musician he has worked with children’s choirs, youth instrumental ensembles, inter-generational choirs as well as adult choirs, occasionally editing / arranging or writing music to suit the specific needs and talents of the ensemble at hand. These eclectic experiences have provided Ken with a musical background in a diverse array of musical styles – from the great works of the past to the rhythmic contemporary literature of today; from Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn to Faure’, Van Williams, Rutter and Hayes.

Van Knauss



Dr. Van Knauss earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University in 1972 and became the music department chairman at Columbia Union College, Washington, D. C. in the fall of 1972. He began his teaching career at Columbia Union College in April of 1967.