The Reverend Tim Hughes is a British worship leader and singer-songwriter. Formerly the Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, a large Anglican church in central London, he has since been ordained as a minister in the Church of England and appointed Vicar of St Luke's, Gas Street Birmingham. He leads Worship Central, an international worship training and resource centre.
Hughes began his music career in 1997, when he was invited by Mike Pilavachi to lead worship at a Soul Survivor festival. After the departure of Matt Redman, from Soul Survivor Watford Church, Hughes succeeded him as Worship Pastor. In 2005, he moved to Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church in central London, where he became the Director of Worship. He is a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by musician Martin Smith, the front man of Delirious?.
Hughes, having trained for ordination at St Mellitus College, was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican church on 29 June 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral, London, and ordained a priest a year later at St Mary's Abbots', Kensington. His first appointment was as vicar of St Luke's, Gas Street, Birmingham in 2015. A derelict building was renovated and consecrated as a church for Hughes and his team to begin services.
With Holy Trinity Brompton's Associate Director of Worship, Al Gordon, Hughes established Worship Central, an international worship training and resource centre. Worship Central runs conferences, tours, produces music albums and online resources. Its albums include "Spirit Break Out", Let It Be Known and Set Apart.
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. 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.
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". Both songs have become world-renowned worship anthems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hughes published Passion For Your Name in 2003, in which he gives his advice on many issues, including worship leading and songwriting.
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.