Pastor Dorothy Lee Lynch Hughes, founder and leader of the Victory Christian Center RVA in Richmond and owner of two residences for the disabled, has died.
Pastor Hughes, who his family said also won acclaim for his gospel musical “How I Got Over,” died Monday, June 20, 2022. She was 83.
Her life was celebrated with a six-hour service Saturday, June 25 at St. Mark’s Church of God in Christ on the North Side, and she was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pastor Hughes, who was born and raised in Richmond, started his church in 2004 as the Bread of Life Family Worship Center on the South Side. Long based at 3120 Hull St., the church’s name was later changed to Victory and moved two years ago to 3509 Midlothian Turnpike.
Before founding the church, she was certified to support people with intellectual disabilities and started Joshua Home Family Services LLC, which now has locations in Chesterfield County and Danville.
Pastor Hughes has also gained attention as a church singer and as a writer of short church plays, his family said. She later expanded the sketches into the gospel production “How I Got Over” which at one point featured Grammy Award-winning Shirley Caesar.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest W. Hughes Jr.
Survivors include her children, Rev. Cynthia D. Brown, Earnestine A. Clarke, Deborah M. Hammond, Pastor Darryl Hughes, and Kizzy N. Hughes; two brothers, Grady N. Hughes and Moses “Jimmy” Lynch; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.