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 de mayor Washington dentro de la Conferencia de Baltimore-Washington. Ella recibió su Maestría en Divinidades en 2015 Teológico de Wesley Divinidad y obtuvo una licenciatura en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Evelyn está casada con el Rev. Edgardo Rivera y vive en Frederick, MD. Tienen dos hijos maravillosos, Eduardo y Emilio.

 

Evelyn está sirviendo actualmente como el pastor asociado de Hughes-El Buen Samaritano. Su función principal es proporcionar liderazgo pastoral para los miembros de El Buen Samaritano de Hughes UMC. A partir de enero de 2016, Evelyn fue designado como el pastor asociado de Misiones y Alcance con Silver Spring UMC. Su función principal es coordinar el ministerio y el alcance de la congregación, con especial énfasis en el campus de cuatro esquinas. También es miembro de la comisión de Ministerios Hispanos / Latinos de la Conferencia de Baltimore-Washington.

 

Sus pasiones para el ministerio están construyendo relaciones y fomentar el crecimiento como discípulos, proporcionando el cuidado pastoral, la defensa de los grupos de apoyo que facilitan marginados y para las mujeres. Desde hace 25 años, Evelyn ha trabajado en cooperación con individuos, familias, profesionales de servicios, y otros para asegurar que los apoyos y servicios necesarios se localizaron e implementados para las personas con discapacidad física o intelectual.

 

Evelyn es conocida por su compasión amorosa, y el espíritu carismático, alegre. Ella ama la vida y deseen influir sobre todos aquellos a su alrededor con el amor de Dios contagiosa. Ella está siempre en la búsqueda de la "positiva" en cualquier situación particular. No importa lo que los retrocesos / obstáculos vienen a su manera, ella tiende a no perder la esperanza. Su fe es fuerte y está presente en todo lo que hace.

Evelyn le gusta cocinar, bailar y pasar tiempo de calidad con su familia y amigos.

 

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Evelyn Rivera is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the Greater Washington District within the Baltimore-Washington Conference.  She received her Masters of Divinity in 2015 from Wesley Theological Divinity and earned a BA in Social Work at the University of Puerto Rico.  Evelyn is married to Rev. Edgardo Rivera and lives in Frederick, MD. They have two wonderful sons, Eduardo & Emilio. 

 

Evelyn is currently serving as the Associate Pastor for Hughes-El Buen Samaritano. Her primary role is to provide pastoral leadership for the El Buen Samaritano members of Hughes UMC. As of January 2016, Evelyn was appointed as the Associate Pastor for Missions and Outreach with Silver Spring UMC. Her primary role is to coordinate ministry and outreach of the congregation with specific focus on the Four Corners campus. She also serves on the committee of Hispanic/Latino ministries at the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Her passions for ministry are building relationships and encouraging growth as disciples, providing pastoral care, advocating for the marginalized and facilitating support groups for women. For 25 years, Evelyn has worked cooperatively with individuals, families, service professionals, and others to ensure that necessary supports and services were located and implemented for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities.

 

Evelyn is known for her compassionate, loving, joyful, and charismatic spirit.  She loves life and wish to influence all those around her with God’s contagious love. She is always on the lookout for the “positive” in any particular situation. No matter what the setbacks/roadblocks come her way, she tends to not lose HOPE. Her faith is strong and present in all that she does.

 

Evelyn loves to cook, dance, and spend quality time with her family and friends.

 

 

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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

Organist

 

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.