Lead Pastor

Rev. MIchelle Hughes

Why New Wine?

We need something different.


Church attendance is in decline across America. This does not mean there is a decline in faith. In fact, research informs us that the U.S. is still a very religious place. It's just that the Sunday morning routine isn't a  good fit for many anymore. Most people still believe and want a place to nurture and grow their faith- maybe just not on Sunday mornings bound in traditions and practices that no longer speak to them.

This is a chance to share and practice our spirituality in another way; being in community  creating new traditions, celebrating contemportary culture, and reflecting on how we can be our best selves.

Our souls need connection.  Our spirits need reviving.

Rev. Michelle Hughes  offers years of experience in pastoral care, community organization, and non-profit endeavors. A trained Intentional Interim, she has sucessfully pastored two congregations through their transitional period. Prior to her Interim assignment, Rev. Hughes served Elmhurst College as Associate Chaplain and as faculty for the Chicago Semester. Rev. Hughes has also served as part of the faculty for SCUPE (The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education)

In her secular ministry, Rev. Hughes has provided consultant services to the Chicago Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. University of Illinois Hospital, the Children’s Place Association, and the Chicago Housing Authority.  A champion for justice; she has served as project director for the state wide advocacy organization, PROTESTANTS FOR THE COMMON GOOD, as well as worked for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office and the National Rainbow Coalition. 


This graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary is the mother of two adult children, Nia Randall and Joshua Wade, and is  also  the author of a children's book: NiNi's Awesome Tales