Dr. Charles Hughes was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi and lived in an orphanage until age 8 when he was adopted by Dr. Robert L. Hughes, founding Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. As a teenager, Pastor Hughes was called by the Lord to preach and began an itinerant evangelism ministry, eventually speaking in thirty states at several of America's largest and fastest growing churches.
In 1978, Dr. Hughes was traveling with a team from Liberty to a speaking engagement when his van was struck by a tractor trailer truck resulting in a head injury and massive brain stem damage. He was in a coma for ten weeks. During that time, his new wife wrote in her diary, “The doctors say that Charles may have minutes to live, but we are trusting the Lord for a miracle in his life.” On the nationally televised Old Time Gospel Hour, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., urged America to pray for Pastor Hughes. While Pastor Hughes was still in a coma, Dr. Falwell announced, “Lord willing, next year's commencement speaker will be Charles Hughes.” God moved and Pastor Hughes spoke for the 1979 commencement.
Pastor Hughes has started churches and pastored. He is the first graduate of Lynchburg Christian Academy to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree (1998). As a Campus Pastor, he is a full time, Pastor for Prayer where he leads the only full-time, on-campus college prayer ministry in America.