Vickie C. Spence Hughes was born to Mr. Elmer Spence and the late Mrs. D. Constance Thoroughgood-Spence. She was raised in church all her life and was reared in early childhood at the Bright Star COGIC under the leadership of her grandfather the late Elder John T. Thoroughgood, Sr. At Bright Star she accepted Christ under the pastoral care of her uncle Supt Y.D. Thoroughgood. In her teenage years, she joined the New Jerusalem COGIC under the tutelage of her late uncle the Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood. There Vickie grew spiritually in Christ and learned and worked in many capacities. She served on the youth choir and youth usher board. She was the assistant youth Sunday School teacher and was a member of the nurse’s unit as a Jr. Nurse. Missionary Hughes is married to Pastor Bruce E. Hughes, Sr. for over 32 years and to their union the have to sons, Tyler Xavier and Bruce Elliott, Jr.
In her young adult years, she answered the call and became a Jr. Missionary. In 1999 Vickie was licensed as an Evangelist Missionary. As Sis Hughes matured in the Lord, she was appointed as the Jr. Missionary Leader, and later she was the Aspirant Missionary Leader. Missionary Hughes found her calling. It was the children. She worked in the children church for 23 years and became President of the children ministry for the 12 years. Missionary Hughes says she loves working behind the scenes.
Sister Vickie continued to work at New Jerusalem under the leadership of her late cousin the Elder Adam L. Thourogood. After his urgency for her to minister with her husband, Evangelist Hughes joined the St. Stephens COGIC under the leadership of the late Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr. At St. Stephens, Sister Hughes assisted the late Mother Charletta Thomas faithfully and was a member of the Elders, Ministers, and Deacons (EMD) Wives’ Circle and is a member of the Missionary Circle. Evangelist Hughes is a member of the Women of Faith Ministry.
After the passing of Bishop Thomas and Mother Thomas, Elder Bruce and Evangelist Hughes became the Pastor and First Lady of the St. Stephens COGIC. She is the president of the EMD Wives’ Circle. Evangelist Hughes loves crafting and working behind the scenes. Evangelist Hughes has started a new chapter in ministry. She has a heart for women issues: spiritually, mentally, and physically and is currently working in ministry to educate women about their health issues and minister in any way she can.