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"To God Be the Glory" was the hymn used to open every Evening Worship Service, broadcast live on WXRI-FM, from the South Norfolk Baptist Church auditorium.


Here is "To God Be the Glory," sung on the 50th anniversary of "Songs of Praise," the oldest Christian music program broadcast on the BBC.

(Video courtesy of the BBC)

("Chaplain Hughes Products" is a restricted site for military Chaplains only. They may contact him with their .mil email via his email for permission to use the material.)

Pastors are encouraged to read and use the sermons by Rev. Hughes in their own sermon preparation study. Pastors can use the entire sermon with title, but cannot publish it on commercial basis, which is under 2012 copyright.


"The Pastor's Pen" was a personal note written by Rev. Hughes in the weekly church paper "The Messenger."  Other pastors may use any of that material they wish, even as is, but may not publish any of those on a commercial or private basis, as they are under 2012 Copyright.


All paintings by Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr, on this website, are under 2013 copyright; they are not for public publishing or for sale.

This website now averaging over 500 visitors a month.
"Crown Him with Many Crowns"
from St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales

From Moody Church, in downtown Chicago.....


The Choir sings "He will keep Thee in Perfect Peace."

The Congregation sings "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."

This website is dedicated to the Glory of God

and to the memory of Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.,

Pastor Emeritus, South Norfolk Baptist Church,

1101 Chesapeake Avenue,  Chesapeake, Virginia

Rev. Hughes served as Pastor of South Norfolk Baptist Church, February 9, 1947--September 30, 1984.  Born in Currituck County, North Carolina, he attended Wake Forest College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ during a revival at the Knotts Island Methodist Church, at age 12, was baptized in the Currituck Sound, and became a member of the Knotts Island Baptist Church, where the family attended.
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Note: Information previously placed on this first page in memory of Jim on the 45th anniversary of his passing (June 1974), is now available on Jim's webpage ("James Read Hughes. Rev. Hughes second son") on this website.
In memory of Jim's family heritage from Wales, we present the hymn "Cwm Rhondda" more familiarly known in the English as, "Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah."

“Cwm Rhondda,” taken from the Welsh name for the Rhondda Valley, is a popular hymn tune written by John Hughes.


It is usually used in English as a setting for William Williams' text Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (or, in some traditions, Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah), originally Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch ("Lord, lead me through the wilderness") in Welsh. The tune and hymn are often called Bread of Heaven because of a line in this English translation.


The hymn describes the experience of God's people in their travel through the wilderness from the escape from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12–14), being guided by a cloud by day and a fire by night (Exodus 13:17–22) to their final arrival forty years later in the land of Canaan (Joshua 3). During this time their needs were supplied by God, including the daily supply of manna (Exodus 16).


The hymn text forms an allegory for the journey of a Christian throughout their life on earth requiring the Redeemer's guidance and ending at the gates of Heaven (the verge of Jordan) and end of time (death of death and hell's destruction).

John Hughes (22 November 1873 – 14 May 1932) was a Welsh composer of hymn tunes. He is most widely known for the tune Cwm Rhondda.


Hughes was born in Dowlais, and brought up in Llanilltud Faerdref (in English: Llantwit Fardre), Pontypridd]. He served as a deacon and leader of the congregational singing in Salem Baptist Chapel in Llanilltud Faerdref.


As described by William J. Reynolds in his “Hymns of our faith: A handbook for the Baptist Hymnal.” Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press. p. 322),  Hughes worked his entire life in secular jobs, his worldwide fame as a composer of hymn tunes being the result of a hobby he pursued on the side. Like his father, who had profound effect on him, Hughes participated actively as member and deacon in Tonteg's Salem Baptist Church. He died in Llantwit Fardre, aged 58.

John Hughes, who wrote the hymn, "Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah."
New information on early pastors of SNBC and their families are now being uploaded on: "Sermons from S.N.B.C." webpage.
New information on former staff members and ordained ministers on: Hughes Family Story" webpage.
from First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas........
Dr. Aaron Hufty directs the Congregation, Choir, and Orchestra.
Dr. Seth Nelson, D.M.A., Organist
Jennifer Zaccagni, Piano