Having served three other congregations in the Maritimes before being called to St. Paul’s, Hugh was the minister here from 1981 to 1999. He then he retired from full time ministry to undertake doctoral studies, provide a supply ministry for the Chignecto Presbytery, and offer Chaplaincy accompaniment to its clergy. He has continued to support ministry at St. Paul’s as well as teach Scripture Courses as sessional faculty at Atlantic School of Theology in the Diploma in Theological Studies Program. Hugh remains a highly respected and well-loved pastor and educator, both at St. Paul’s and in the wider church.
A graduate of Dalhousie University and Pine Hill Divinity Hall, he was ordained by the Maritime Conference in 1963. He pursued post graduate study in Greek and New Testament at Andover-Newton Theological School in Boston and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2012 he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is the author of three books: A Ray of Hope, Once Upon A Time, and Birthing A Blessing.
In 2011, Hugh was awarded the Davidson Trust Award by the national church which recognizes excellence in ministry and teaching. He has long been committed to the promotion of wellness in ministry and to the church’s commitment to social justice.