Tim Hughes

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Tim Hughes
Birth name Timothy Llewellyn Hughes
Born (1978-07-23) 23 July 1978 (age 44)
Origin London, England
Genres CCM, worship
Occupation(s) Director of Worship at
Holy Trinity Brompton
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1997–present
Labels Survivor
Website www.worshipcentral.org

The Reverend Tim Hughes (born 23 July 1978) is a British worship leader and singer-songwriter. He is Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church in central London, and heads up Worship Central, an international worship training and resource centre. He is an ordained minister in the Church of England.

Personal life

Hughes is the son of an Anglican vicar. He grew up in High Wycombe, later moving to Birmingham as a teenager, since his father was appointed vicar of St John's Church, Harborne. He also studied history at Sheffield University, graduating in 2000.[1]

Hughes is married to Rachel. The couple have four children; Phoebe Joy (born 2 October 2007), Simeon John (born 28 February 2009), Lois Jubilee (born 12 September 2010) and Judah James nicknamed 'JJ' (born 6 December 2012). His son Judah was born on the same day as fellow Worship Central worship leader, Ben Cantelon's first daughter, Cordelia.[citation needed]

Hughes was ordained into the Anglican church on 29 June 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral, London.


Worship leader

Hughes began his career in the music industry in 1997, when he was asked by Mike Pilavachi to lead worship at the Soul Survivor festivals.[citation needed] When Matt Redman left Soul Survivor, Hughes began serving on staff with Soul Survivor Watford Church, as their Worship Pastor.

In 2005, Hughes moved to Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church in central London, where he serves the church as the Director of Worship. Hughes is also one of the members of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?.[citation needed]

In addition to his work with Holy Trinity Brompton, Hughes, along with Associate Director of Worship Al Gordon, established Worship Central, which is an international worship training and resource centre.[citation needed]

Worship Central

Hughes leads a school of worship known as Worship Central, which is based at Holy Trinity Brompton. Worship Central runs conferences, tours, produces music albums and online resources. Albums released by Worship Central include Let It Be Known and Set Apart.

Music recording

Hughes' songs are published in the UK by Survivor Records and distributed globally by EMI CMG, a major music label documented as market share leader from 1998–2009.[2]

Hughes has recorded and released five albums: Here I Am to Worship in 2001, When Silence Falls in 2004, Holding Nothing Back in 2007, Happy Day in 2009, and Love Shine Through in 2011.

Here I am to Worship

Hughes' album, Here I Am to Worship was released in 2001. The album introduced the worship songs "Jesus, You Alone" and the Dove Award-winning song "Here I Am to Worship".[3] Both songs have become world-renowned worship anthems.[citation needed]

When Silence Falls

Released in 2004, When Silence Falls featured well-known tracks, "Beautiful One", "Consuming Fire", and "Whole World in His Hands". The bonus track on the album, "Saviour" featured the hip hop group 29th Chapter, from west London.

Holding Nothing Back

Hughes' third album, entitled, Holding Nothing Back, was released on 3 April 2007, and includes songs like "Living for your glory", "The Highest and the Greatest", "God of Justice", "Everything", and "Happy Day". In 2007, prior to the recording of Holding Nothing Back, Christian Today interviewed Hughes, asking him, "Do you think any of the songs have the potential to become worldwide hits like some of your previous singles ("Here I am to Worship" and "Beautiful One")?" Hughes responded that what connected with people was often a surprise and hard to predict.[4][5]

Happy Day

In July 2008, Hughes recorded a live album and DVD, entitled Happy Day, at a Worship Central event held on 16 September 2008 at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London. The recording featured a mix of previously released material and brand new songs, including "Give us your courage". The album was released at the Worship Central Global Day on 14 March 2009, in London's Westminster Central Hall.[citation needed]

Love Shine Through

On 11 March 2011, a fourth studio album was released, entitled, Love Shine Through. The recording was produced by Martin Smith and featured musicians Marc James, Michael Guy Chislet and members of Northern Irish band, Rend Collective Experiment.[citation needed]

Literary publishing

Hughes published Passion For Your Name in 2003, in which he gives his advice on many issues, including worship leading and songwriting.[citation needed]

Hughes has published a book called Holding Nothing Back (the same name as his third album) and was interviewed by Premier.tv's Christian TV On Demand, to promote the book.[4][6]



With Worship Central

  • Lifting High (2009, Survivor Records)
  • Spirit Break Out (September 2011, Kingsway)
  • Let It Be Known (March 2013, Kingsway)
  • Set Apart (October 2014, Kingsway)

Soul Survivor Event Albums

  • Your Name's Renown - Soul Survivor Live 2001 (2001)
  • Soul Survivor Live 2002: Glimpses Of Glory (2002)
  • Soul Survivor: Anthem Of The Free (2003)
  • Soul Survivor Live 2004: Living Loud (2004)
  • Soul Survivor: We Must Go (2005)
  • Soul Survivor: Love Came Down (2006)
  • Soul Survivor: Living For Your Glory (2007)
  • Complete - Live Worship From Soul Survivor 2008 (2008)
  • Soul Survivor: Not Ashamed (2009)
  • Soul Survivor: Light the Sky (2010)
  • Soul Survivor: We Are the Free (2011)

Published works


  1. "Tim Hughes". kingsway.co.uk. Retrieved 28 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "EMI CMG Report". Emicmg.com. Retrieved 28 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "40th Annual GMA Dove Awards on Gospel Music Channel". Doveawards.com. Retrieved 28 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Christian TV On Demand Interview With Tim Hughes". Premier.tv. Retrieved 28 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Christian Today Interview With Tim Hughes". Christiantoday.com. 10 March 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Tweet Email (10 March 2007). "Exclusive Interview: Tim Hughes - "Holding Nothing Back" | Christian News on Christian Today". Christiantoday.com. Retrieved 2 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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