Meet Worship Elder Michael Hughes, lover of books, travel and MPC!
Where did you grow up? So Cal
Hobbies: Snow skiing, gardening, guitar, reading, travel
Vacation Spots: Mammoth Mountain, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde NP, Ameilia Italy, Mubaku Uganda, Disneyland/Disneyworld
What’s your role and why do you like being an elder? I am Worship Elder. Being an elder is another way to serve and give to God. I work with a great group of elders who have had to deal with some very hard issues the past four years.
How long have you been at MPC and what’s your favorite experience? We came in 1997 on a Mission Sunday. My favorite experience continues to be the Mission Fairs which we were planning to relaunch this year. My other favorite experience is helping with the music for TNT for almost 18 years.
Profession? Currently retired. First half of my career was centered around working at JPL in Pasadena. I’m very proud of working on some pretty cool things that I am able to bore almost anyone talking about for hours. Second half of my career was in BioTech. Retired as a CIO.
What’s your favorite Bible verse? Romans 8:28
You can go to lunch with anyone on earth right now – who are you eating with? Dr. Fauci – but we’d practice social distancing during the meal.
Most profound book (outside of the Bible) has shaped you or challenged you? This is hard question as I read 25 to 50 books a year. For last 20 years it would be a toss-up between “American Nations: A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” by Colin Woodard and “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond. In the years before 2000, it’s a toss-up between “Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069” by Neil Howe and “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. I will not deny that half the books I read are escapist science fiction.
One kind of ice cream? Cookies and Cream
Favorite pair of shoes? Ones that are almost worn out
Which President (living or dead) would you shadow in the Oval Office for a day? Abraham Lincoln while he was deciding to issue the emancipation proclamation.