Milford church to welcome pastor

The Rev. Horace A. Hough

The Rev. Horace A. Hough

MILFORD >> The First Baptist Church, 28 North St., will have a celebration weekend for the installation of the new pastor, the Rev. Horace A. Hough.

At noon Saturday April 22, a luncheon will be held at the Trumbull Marriott. The Rev. Ivan Pitts, pastor, Santa Ana Baptist Church, Santa Ana, Calif., will be the guest speaker.

At the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, April 23, the guest preacher will be Hough’s father, the Rev. Walter Hough, associate minister of New Vester Missionary Baptist Church, Sims, N.C.

The installation service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Parsons Government Center, 70 River St., at 4 p.m. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Tyrone P. Jones IV, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Guilford, Columbia, Md.

For luncheon tickets or more information, call the church office at 203-878-1178 or go to

Hough, also the son of Bonnie Hough, is a native of Queens, N.Y. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, and an MA in religious education with a concentration in pastoral studies from Fordham University Graduate School of Religion.

In 2003, after serving as youth minister at his home church, the New Covenant Church of Christ (Baptist) in Queens, N.Y., Hough became youth pastor at the Messiah Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

He served 12 years under the tutelage of Pastor Tyrone P. Jones IV and Pastor James B. Logan. He worked with youth leaders to create Making Progress Amongst the Community and he was the choreographer for the male disciples of Messiah’s Praise Dance Ministry.

In July 2016, he was elected pastor of the Milford church.

Hough also is boys’ mentoring director for Pathways Danbury Youth Ministries. He previously served eight years as vice principal of Pathways Academy, a faith-based private boys’ middle school in Danbury. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. His wife is Kellee Knighten-Hough.

First Baptist Church is the oldest African-American church in the city, established in 1893.