Dr. Hughey Reynolds, Pastor

D7K_2559 Hughey Reynolds is an ordained elder in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was appointed as pastor of Decatur First starting in June 2015. Hughey grew up on a farm in Lineville, Alabama. His father, Lavelle, was a tri-vocational preacher, farmer, and tractor mechanic and his mother, Imogene, a preacher’s daughter, teacher, and seamstress. In 1966, Lavelle was appointed as pastor of the Midway Circuit near Wedowee where Hughey graduated in 1974. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College (1978 psychology) and Candler School of Theology, Emory University (1980 Master of Divinity, 1985 Doctor of Ministry).

Since 1973, Hughey has served eight different pastoral appointments. They include Latham in Huntsville, Highlands in Birmingham, Sylacauga First, Edgemont in Florence, Fairfax in Valley, Wedowee First, Union in Westover, and the Liberty Hill Circuit in Ashland.

During a trip to Africa in 1995, Hughey saw a vital connection between responsible agriculture and the mission of the church. He has since redeveloped his family farm, become a master gardener and master cattleman, and led the churches he has served in agricultural ministries that feed hungry people and steward the earth. He led Highlands UMC to develop a community garden,  Latham UMC to organize and run a Farmers Market in the church parking lot, and Decatur First UMC to develop The Urban Acre Community Garden. Hughey serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of St. Andrew, a ministry that gleans and distributes millions of pounds of food that would otherwise be wasted, and on the Board of Directors for the Morgan County/Decatur Farmers Market.

Hughey married Sandy Jones of Ashland, Alabama on May 25, 1975. Sandy is the Human Resource Manager for LMI Consulting, Inc., a government contractor in Huntsville. They have two married sons and daughters-in-law. Christopher and Kelly are parents of Layton who was born in February of 2015. Jonathan and Catherine are parents of Beau who was born in May of 2013 and Tucker born in November 2015. Both sons and their families live in adjacent cities on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.