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 is the principal horn of the NIH Philharmonia, and performs with other area ensembles.  Ken also enjoys baseball, hiking, biking, coffee roasting and photography.  He is married to Nancy Hammond, and they reside in Hyattsville, MD.

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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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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.

Bill Fink

Music Director


Bill Fink is a graduate of West Virginia Tech, with a degree in Music Education.  Bill has done additional graduate work at Marshall University, Villanova University, and San Diego State University.  Bill was a trumpet student of Mr. Harry Rich, Mr. John Van Camp (both with the Charleston Symphony), and Mr. Don Tyson (principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony).  He was also a voice student of Mr. Guy Owen Baker.  Bill currently teaches with the Montgomery County Public Schools at 4 elementary schools providing instruction in instrumental music--both band and strings.  In his thirty-two year teaching career, he has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Bill has written a band method, Sound Beginnings, and created many special arrangements for his groups during his career.  Bill's passion for church music started early with his father's love of gospel quartets and the amazing sound of four voices singing in perfect harmony.   Bill lives in Silver Spring with his wife Jeanne, and their two cats, Molly and Teddy.