Elder Bruce Elliott Hughes, Sr. was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia in the historical section of Seatack to Deacon James and the late Geneva Hughes.  He has been employed 30 years with the Virginia Beach Public Schools system.

Elder Bruce Hughes has been married for 23 years to the love of his life and partner in ministry the Mrs. Vickie C. Spence Hughes.  They have two sons, Tyler Xavier and Bruce Elliott, Jr.  Elder Hughes is a loving husband and dedicated father.

He joined St. Stephens Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in 1983 and was licensed as a “Minister” in 2001.  Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr. ordained him as an “Elder” on August 4, 2006.  Elder Hughes was appointed as the Executive Pastor for St. Stephens COGIC in 2012.  He serves as a Trustee on the Finance Committee; he is an Armor Bearer and ministers in the jail ministry at St. Brides Correctional Center.  Elder Hughes is the District Sunday School Superintendent for the Virginia Beach District in the 1st Jurisdiction of Virginia.