Samuel and Melissa Hughes

Since 2010, Samuel and Melissa have been training Ukrainian youth leaders through Bible colleges and seminaries in Ukraine. Sam leads a team of national youth ministry professors who are discipling/teaching youth leaders throughout the country. Sam has an M.Div. in Intercultural Youth Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his team have taught classes and led seminars in Central Asian countries. The Hughes have a vision to launch youth ministry training to Central Asia, together with Ukrainians.

A military kid, Sam was raised mostly in south Georgia. He is married to Melissa, who is from Kentucky, and they have 3 children: Jarrett, Evelyna, and Corbyn. Along with raising the kids, Melissa loves using their home to minister to young people, teaching English, being a bridge between cultures through translating, and mentoring/encouraging other moms.