“If I can help somebody as I pass along.......Then my living will not be in vain.” This
could have been the theme song for the life of a remarkable woman of God who
enriched the lives of so many. Rev. Barbara Hughes joined her Heavenly Father
on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
Our beloved Rev. Barbara Wortham Hughes began her earthly journey on July, 20,
1942, in Newbern, North Carolina. She was welcomed by her loving parents
Rev. John Wallace Wortham and Rev. Dr. Margaret L. Wortham. She would
thrive in their Christian home, immersed in the knowledge and of the power of
Barbara moved to Denver, Colorado at the invitation of her brother, Attorney J.
Wallace Wortham Jr., and continued her career in printing/publishing. A lifelong
learner, she enrolled at Metropolitan State College. After a series of
life-challenging illnesses, Barbara pursued and achieved a Masters of Divinity,
specializing in Pastoral Counseling at Denver Seminary.
For over 35 years, Barbara conducted Bible studies and prayer groups in her
home, touching the lives of thousands across the country with conference call
prayer groups, workshops and evangelism. She founded the Ex Nihilo Ministry, a
fellowship of disciples dedicated to service, study and prayer. She was a much
sought-after evangelist, workshop leader and Bible teacher, known for preaching
the Word with power and passion.
Barbara had a special commitment to youth. She founded Brothers and Sisters
Taking Action (BASTA), an organization dedicated to education, leadership
development and community service.
Barbara leaves her devoted daughter, Nikki (Myron) Hendley; brother, J. Wallace
(Gladys ) Wortham, Jr.,. of Peoria AZ; sisters C. Ophelia Jacobs, Chester, PA and
Juanita Wortham , Huntersville, NC ; “little brother”, Bishop Kevin (Appie)
Wortham of Jonestown, MI; godbrother, Bishop Paul T. Veney, Harrisburg, PA;
grandsons Miles and Langston Hendley; granddaughter Alefia Hendley; and a
host of loving family, faith and spiritual family members to grieve her passing, but
celebrate her homecoming.
The wake and service will be held at Living Hope Bible Church, 105 S. Moline
Street, Aurora, CO, 80013. The wake will be from 4:00-6:00 pm, Friday, March 5,
2021. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 6, 2021.
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