Our Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Harry W. “Buz” Hughes is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S., Chinese and Linguistics), Washington University (M.A., Asian Studies), and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (M.Div., Ph.D.). He and his wife Annick have been married since 1972 and have five grown children and five grandchildren. 

Buz has been a pastor at Lewes Presbyterian Church since 1992. He served as an ordained minister in the PCUSA for 28 years, and is now affiliated with ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians).  

The Session

Every congregation is governed by its session. The session consists of the elders duly elected by and from the covenant partners (members) of the congregation, along with the congregation’s installed pastors and associate pastors. By its own rule, the congregation shall determine the number of elders, their length of service, and the ordering of the session. The minimum number shall be three active elders plus the moderator. LPC's bylaws call for a 12-elder session.

According to the ECO Polity and Discipline Manual, the Session has responsibility and authority for governing the congregation and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In the Reformed tradition the marks of the church are the proclamation of the Word, the Sacraments rightly celebrated, and the exercise of discipline. 

The Session is comprised of Elders elected by the congregation. Elders are given authority and responsibility, along with pastors, to oversee the spiritual health of the congregation as well as the congregation’s faithfulness to God’s mission. For a more complete description of the duties and responsibilities of the Session, click here to read the complete description of duties as presented in section 1.0603 The Responsibilities of the Session.

2018 Session Members with Committee Membership Assignments

  • Ann Athey, Children and Youth Ministry (Co-Chair), Pastor Nominating
  • Denise Barnes, Children and Youth Ministry (Co-Chair), Nominating (Chair), Pastor Nominating
  • Fred Beaufait*, Building Maintenance (Chair), Finance
  • Gerry Brown, Stewardship (Chair), Congregational Fellowship and Outreach (Co-Chair), Finance, Pastor Nominating
  • Rob Hoeller, Personnel (Chair)
  • Sylvia Gilmore, Christian Ed-Adult (Chair), Library
  • Bill Landon, Endowment (Chair), Cemetery and Grounds
  • George Macintire, Cemetery and Grounds (Chair), Endowment
  • Jim Miller,  Finance (Chair), Congregational Fellowship and Outreach (Co-Chair), Pastor Nominating (Chair)
  • T.J. Smith, Worship (Co-Chair), Pastor Nominating
  • Tim Westgate, Worship (Co-Chair), Pastor Nominating
  • Jeannine White, Mission (Chair)
  • Nancy Williams, Building Use (Chair), LASP Advisory Committee, Pastor Nominating

* Non-Session Member

The Board of Deacons

The Board of Deacons are elected by the congregation to serve a three-year term. The Deacons minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. A complete description of the activities of the Deacons and the Caring Ministry can be found here. Currently nine Deacons are serving their elected terms. However, in addition, many past Deacons and other members assist in this ministry to the needy.

2018 Board of Deacons

  • Jim Athey
  • Bill Baughman
  • Carol Bishop
  • Carol Brown
  • Brenda Nelson
  • Beth Rendel
  • Kathy Ross
  • Ellen Serafini, Chair