Who is Richie & What does he do?


Richie Hughes is a noted speaker in a wide variety of settings. Whether ministering in a church service or challenging a thriving business staff, his topics revolve around his life message, Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, do it with all of your might as working for the Lord, not for men." Church consulting has provided numerous opportunities for him to travel the world pouring into church staff and leadership teams.


Richie Hughes was known as "Coach" for 15 years. As a high school basketball coach and NBA scout for the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons, Hughes loved the competitive aspects of the game. "The only thing I enjoyed more than winning was the opportunity to impact and mold young lives." His last games as a career culminated in winning the Georgia State High School Championship in 2004.


After his coaching season ended, Richie Hughes accepted the position of CEO / Executive Pastor at Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA. The church grew exponentially from 2,700 in weekly attendance to over 14,000 in five years. Free Chapel expanded to Orange County, CA, and the Kingdom Connection Broadcast was rated in the top 5 among all religious programming according to Nielson Ratings. Free Chapel and Jentezen Franklin Ministries collectively produced numerous best-selling books and albums with artists such as Ricardo Sanchez and Israel Houghton.


"Start Here, Go Anywhere" was published in 2011 with Charisma House Publications. One of his writings was published in 2009 in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul - Inside Basketball" edition. Author Pat Williams, Vice President of the Orlando Magic, heard of the experience Richie had while working a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and used it in the book alongside other greats such as John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Riley, and more.


He has served as contract negotiator, representation, and marketing director for numerous Christian authors including Jentezen Franklin, Perry Stone, Daniel Kolenda, Reinhard Bonnke, Dan Reiland, Jim Raley, and many others.


Unleash your full potential

Start Here, Go Anywhere gives you the tools you need to make good choices and recover from the bad ones you may have already made. With moving stories from his own life, including losing his only brother to AIDS, and testimonials from former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Mac Powell of Third Day, Richie Hughes provides a fresh treatment of both failure and redemption.

No matter where you are today, with God’s help you can go anywhere. Poor choices in the past do not destroy your future potential to do great things. God loves you so much that He wants to transform your future for His glory.


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Mark L. Williams

Lead Pastor | North Cleveland Church of God

One of the greatest gifts a pastor could possess is a coach.  Someone uniquely gifted to offer unbiased advice, compassionate support and strategic plans to those who steward the manifold grace of God.  For me, there are none better than Richie Hughes.  Richie combines in his person unique skills and demonstrated competency achieved over a lifetime of worship and witness.  As an entrepreneur and business owner he knows the value of innovation.  As a key executive administrator he has helped shepherd growing and thriving ministries to reach far beyond what they thought possible.  As a prolific author and speaker he has learned the fine art of communicating effectively for life change.  I have benefited enormously from his advice and counsel, and wholeheartedly recommend him to all who are determined to lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of them.

Jim Raley

Lead Pastor | Calvary Christian Center Daytona Beach, FL

Richie Hughes is an incredible strategist, a great communicator, an out of the box thinker, a gifted business man and a pastors friend. For the past 8 years he has been a trusted voice of advice and wisdom in my life and ministry. On so many issues  Richie is my “go to guy” Without a doubt he has helped me and I believe he can help you too!

Kevin Wallace

Lead Pastor | Redemption to the Nations Chattanooga, TN

Churches face tremendous complexities and challenges as they seek to advance the kingdom of God in the earth. Many church leaders are in search of strategic wisdom and right direction as they navigate these unique times. Thankfully God sends leaders like Richie Hughes who can honor the spiritual priorities of the kingdom while bringing proven strategies to churches who are moving into the greatness God has for them.

Gregory & Jackie Pope

Senior Pastors | Covenant Church Douglas, GA

It is extremely rewarding when in ministry and life you find some one to come alongside and encourage you in your life’s calling. Richie Hughes is certainly one of those people. He is a friend, brother, life coach, author, counselor, anointed administrator and speaker. Richie carries those gifting and attributes as a humble servant of God and people. Richie is deeply passionate about seeing people reach their maximum potential. He is a confidence conveyer, a joy generator, an example of excellence in business, ministry and life. His ministry has impacted our lives forever. Jackie and I are so thankful for our friendship and partnership with Richie and his wife Stephanie. When we read this scripture we are reminded of them,  “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10 NLT