William Mason Hughes (Pastor)
was born and raised in Trenton N.J. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 11 and was baptized at the age of 12 at Bible Baptist Church in Hamilton Township, N.J. Pastor Mason felt God’s calling into full-time Christian service and was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel on August 15, 1981 at Bible Baptist Church. Pastor Mason graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute in 1975 and completed his Bachelor Degree in Biblical Education at Florida Bible College in 1981. He continued his education at Bethany Theological Seminary and graduated with a master’s degree in Biblical Studies in 1995. Pastor Mason is currently pursuing his doctrate in the Bible.
Pastor Mason first served at West Phoenix Baptist Church as Music and Youth Pastor from 1982 - 1992. He then served at Lifegate Baptist Church as Minister of Music, Youth, and Christian Education from 1992- 1994. In 1995, Pastor Mason founded and pastored a new church plant called Victory Heights Baptist Church. He pastored at Victory Heights until merging with West Phoenix Baptist Church in October of 2010. Pastor Mason has continued to serve as Pastor of West Phoenix ever since then.
Pastor Mason has a love for music as well as the Bible. He grew up in a large family singing and playing instruments. He toured with the Word of Life Singers and with a singing group that he and his brother started called Brotherly Love. Pastor Mason continues to share his musical talents with us each week as he joins some of his family members and the praise team to help lead us in worship.
Pastor Mason has been happily married to his wife, Kelli, since June 6, 1987. They are blessed with two sons, Jonathan Mason and Justin Michael. In 2015, both boys married the girls of their dreams. . . Jonathan Mason married Kelsey and Justin married Amber. In 2017, God's blessings continued with the birth of their first grandchild, Quinn. In 2020, God blessed their family with two more beautiful granddaughters, Charlotte and Rylee. Most recently, Henry Mason, their first grandson was born, followed by their last granddaughter, Skylar. Needless to say, Pastor Mason and Kelli beam at the mention of their names.
Besides being in full-time Christian service, Pastor Mason was a certified EMT and fitness trainer. He is a licensed general contractor and owns his own business, Optimal Construction.