Our Leadership

Diana Wingeier-Rayo



Rev. Wingeler-Rayo is an ordained elder with 25 years of experience. She was born in Nicaragua, CA. Before becoming a minister, Pastor Diana attended Nursing School. Rev. Diana speaks three languages English. Spanish and fairly Portuguese, which she learned from her missionary experiences. Pastor Diana served six years with the General Board Global Ministries in Cuba, Mexico and the US. She has visited many countries such as Brazil where she attended to language school.


In 2008-2010 Pastor Diana was selected to be part of 25 ordained clergy from the WNCC-UMC for a three years training program named LEAD Academy on leadership and evangelism. The group visited many of the mega and faster growing churches in the USA and in South Korea and Hawaii. These experiences  made her a friendly and passionate person in serving people from all cultures and languages.


Pastor Diana enjoys training lay leaders to become strong evangelists! Her passion is with people who love to share the Good News of Salvation. She enjoys teaching and forming healthy leaders who want to have health families.  Pastor Diana also mentors those who feel called to be a minister. She is a church planter and has planted 5 congregations. Pastor Diana is a licensed coach for new church planters and church revitalization.


To contact Pastor Diana, click here.


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Al Rev. Wingeler-Rayo es un anciano ordenado con 25 años de experiencia. Nació en Nicaragua, CA. Antes de convertirse en un ministro, Pastor Diana asistió a la Escuela de Enfermería. Pastor Diana habla tres idiomas inglés. Español y bastante portugués, que aprendió de sus experiencias misioneras. Pastor Diana sirvió seis años en la Junta General de Ministerios Globales en Cuba, México y los Estados Unidos. Ella ha visitado muchos países, como Brasil, donde asistió a la escuela de idiomas.


En el período 2008-2010, Pastor Diana fue seleccionada para formar parte de los 25 clérigos ordenados del WNCC-UMC para un programa de capacitación de tres años llamado LEAD Academy sobre liderazgo y evangelismo. El grupo visitó muchas de las mega iglesias de más rápido crecimiento en los Estados Unidos, Corea del Sur y Hawai. Estas experiencias la convirtieron en una persona amable y apasionada al servir a personas de todas las culturas e idiomas.


Pastor Diana disfruta entrenando líderes laicos para convertirse en evangelistas fuertes! Su pasión es con las personas que aman compartir la Buena Nueva de la Salvación. A ella le gusta enseñar y formar líderes saludables que quieren tener familias saludables. Pastor Diana también es mentora de quienes se sienten llamados a ser ministros. Ella es plantadora de iglesias y ha plantado 5 congregaciones. Pastor Diana es una entrenadora autorizada para nuevos plantadores de iglesias y revitalización de iglesias.


Para comunicarse con el Pastor Diana, haga clic aquí.

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.


To contact Mrs. Whitney, click here.

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.