2046 Canton Avenue
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Our Staff

Aaron Hughes- Senior Pastor 

My road into a full-time vocational ministry was long and curvy to say the least. Lots of stops along the way. I certainly felt a “call” early on, but never truly knew exactly what, when or where it would be. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State with a degree in Business Administration I spent the better part of a decade working in various sales and operation roles in MO and TX.

It’s funny, looking back, how clearly God was using these experiences to prepare me for the eventual “call” to Hot Springs!

There aren’t words to describe how excited I am to have an opportunity to serve at Hot Springs Wesleyan Church. We’re thrilled to serve in a church committed to “overflowing” into the world. I’m passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and loving on this group of believers. I’m convinced I have the best “job” in the world.

When I’m not at the church I enjoy spending time with my three amazing kiddos (Adeline, Grayston, and Harper) and my beautiful wife Courtney. I’m an aspiring fly fisherman and hunter, aspiring the key word there, and a die-hard University of Kentucky basketball fan.


Courtney Hughes- Church Administrator

The first time I truly experienced God when I was in the mountains! Being outdoors has always been my happy place, so much that I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with an emphasis in outdoors and therapeutic. Since my mountaintop experience, I’ve always felt a calling to serve. I spent several years serving in a church in Texas and now I am incredibly blessed to serve in the most beautiful town alongside my hubby. I am also blessed to serve as the District Administrator for the Northwest District of the Wesleyan Church.

I have been blessed with three awesome kiddos that make me laugh every day. In my free time, I enjoy sipping on specialty coffee, being outdoors, baking, crafting Pinterest projects, jogging and watching movies. 

Seth Pucket- Youth Director

I grew up in the area and graduated from Hot Springs High School (2005). I’ve attended the Hot Springs Wesleyan church since I was a child. After High School, I attended and graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from college I took a job working as an engineer for a communications company in Alaska. I worked in Alaska for about 4 years before moving back to the area to help run the family ranch and to pursue other business opportunities. I started helping with the youth group in the fall of 2014 and was asked to start leading the group in the fall of 2015. I'm looking forward to seeing what God does in the lives of the young men and women in our group.

Chris Savage- Business Manager 

Originally from Detroit, MI, Chris became a believer in Jesus Christ in 1967. He served in the business department of a large church in the Seattle area for several years before relocating to Hot Springs in 2008 with his wife, Betsy. Chris has served as the Business Manager of Hot Springs Wesleyan since 2014 and also one of the keyboard players for our worship team.


Amanda West-Kids Spring Director

 My happy place has always been with children. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with children. Growing up I babysat and helped with children's church. I grew up in a Christ-filled home traveling the world with my family as my dad served in the Army. As an adult, I married Perry in 2002. God has taken us on a wonderful adventure. We moved to Wyoming and started foster care and were blessed to have taken care of 29 children, God allowed us to keep 3 sweet kids Sheldon, Serenity, and Konnor. We moved to Edgemont in 2015 to be closer to family and to be in our home church. I love coffee and scrapbooking our family's adventures and teaching my kids all about Jesus.