K. Hughes was raised with a respect and an admiration
for his Native American heritage. Even as a child, he
enjoyed building relationships with his adopted Cherokee
family, the Littlejohns. It is this God-given favor that
has allowed him to bond with the elders as well as the
youth throughout the various reservations. Hughes was
eager to step alongside his father in ministry and has
been instrumental in the development of many of IMNA's
programs and projects. In January 2009, the torch was
officially passed from father to son, and now
he has assumed the responsibility of taking IMNA, Inc.
to the next level. As the Executive Director, he has started an
intense concentration on reaching the Native American
youth for Christ. He is an Ordained Bishop through the Church of
God in Cleveland, Tennessee.
was an honor graduate of Bradley Central High School in
Cleveland, TN and continued his education at Cleveland
State Community College. He graduated with honors in
1982, majoring in
photography and graphic arts. He began working as
the photographer for the Cleveland Daily Banner in 1982
and won several Tennessee State Associated Press Awards
for photography in his five years of service for the
newspaper. He started his own business, Hughes
Photographics in 1984, and subsequently taught
photography classes at Cleveland State Community College
and Lee University for four years. Johnny and his wife,
Becky, were married in 1987. They have a daughter,
Elizabeth, who graduated from Lee University in 2014, and a son,
Christopher, who graduated from Lee University in 2017.
A. Hughes has always had a love and a burden upon his
heart for the Native American, his native people. Born
and raised in North Georgia and of Cherokee descent, he
began his ministry in 1964. He is ordained by the Church
of God and has served as an evangelist for almost 50
years. He also pastored in the state of Georgia for six
years. One morning, in
1967, as he was sat up on the edge of his bed, he received a vision from God.
It was as if his bedroom wall opened up displaying the faces of
thousands of American Indians. He strongly felt God
speaking to his spirit, "Take my Gospel to your people."
This he began doing immediately.
Following his vision, he began
reaching out to the Cherokee and the Lumbee in North Carolina,
and also the indigenous people of Central America. In 1998, James had the
opportunity to take his ministry west of the
Mississippi. His vision and
ministry birthed what is now known as Indian Ministries
of North America, Inc. (IMNA). In January 2000, IMNA began to
receive donations of food, clothing and household items
to be delivered to the reservations. This was the
beginning of the IMNA benevolence program. In the fall
of 2002, the ministry incorporated and was recognized as
a 501c3 non-profit ministry. Since
then, the ministry has expanded its ministry to Native
Americans in Alabama, Arizona, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North and South
Dakota, Oklahoma, and Virginia.
and his wife, Imojean, have been married since 1957 and
have two children and three grandchildren. Their
daughter, Angela, currently resides in Cleveland,
Tennessee, and is active in the daily operations of the
ministry. She has one son, Caleb. Their son, Johnny is now the
Executive Director/President of IMNA,
Inc. Johnny has been
officially involved with IMNA since 1999.