Speaker & Consultant

Richie Hughes

Ministry strategist, speaker, author

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Consultant to churches across America

For 15 years, Richie Hughes was known as “Coach.” As a High School basketball Coach and NBA scout (Orlando Magic, 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.” Hughes last game as a career Coach culminated in winning the Georgia State High School Championship in 2004.

Hughes holds degrees from Lee University and an advanced degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Upon accepting the position of CEO / Executive Pastor at Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA Hughes saw God do amazing things as the church grew from just over 2700 in attendance each week to over 14,000 in 5 short years. Free Chapel expanded into Orange Co. CA and the Kingdom Connection Broadcast was rated in the top 5 among all religious programming. (Nielsen Ratings) Free Chapel and Jentezen Franklin ministries collectively produced numerous best selling books and CD’s with artists like Ricardo Sanchez and Israel Houghton. “It was a tremendous honor to be a part of the miracles God did in our time at Free Chapel.” 

Richie is a noted speaker in a wide variety of settings. Whether he ministers in a Church service or challenges a business staff, Hughes’ topic will always revolve around his life message, Col. 3:23 “Whatever you do, do it with all your might as working for the Lord, not for men.” Church Consulting is a passion of Richie’s and God has provided numerous opportunities in that field for Hughes.

Hughes’ first published book was released in 2011. (Charisma House Publications) One of his writings was published in 2009 in the “Chicken Soup for Soul- Inside Basketball” edition. Author Pat Williams (Vice President – Orlando Magic) heard of the experience Richie had while working a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden and used it in the book alongside such greats as John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Riley and many others.

Richie and his wife of 23 years, Stephanie, reside in Cleveland, TN with their two wonderful daughters. He enjoys building relationships, golf, basketball and anything that is competitive.



Cleveland, TN




Richie is an experienced speaker in churches across America. He is packed with insight, humor and humility. Richie is available to inspire your church with his teaching. 

Church Consulting

Whether you are in a new church plant or have been in a traditional setting for years Richie Hughes comes highly recommended as a valuable asset for your ministry. He serves as a regular consultant across America, as he inspires church staff through teaching and coaching.


As a writer, Hughes is inspiring, but honest. His straightforward approach is refreshing and beneficial to those searching for success. Check out "Start Here, Go Anywhere" and "Chicken Soup for the Soul- Inside Basketball" edition. Follow Richie's blog and receive valuable insights to your best life today and tomorrow. Remember, YOU are God's Masterpiece.




Start Here, Go Anywhere: Making Good Choices, Recovering from Bad Ones

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. Order your copy or download today.


Whatever you do, do it with all your might as working for the Lord, not for men.


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