William L. “Skip” Hess, III

William L. “Skip” Hess, III

Director of Culinary Ministries

I was born into the Lexington Presbyterian Church on April 26, 1950.  I have enjoyed my lifelong affiliation with LexPres having been taught by wonderful youth instructors and adult leaders.  My ministers were instrumental in making me the person I am today.

Early in my life, I became interested in cooking.  While my friends were out playing on Saturdays, I was glued to the public television station watching Julia Child, Jacque Pepin, Graham Kerr, just to mention a few.  I prepared meals for my family prior to attending Ferrum College.

After graduation from Ferrum College, I tested the waters trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life.  I was a real estate broker, elementary school teacher, gift shop manager, and finally I found my calling.  I attended floral design school in Ohio,  and after graduation, I became a floral designer and a  teacher in the same school.  I enjoyed a long career in floral design.

After retiring from and moving back to Lexington, I rediscovered my love for cooking.  My partner Curt, and I prepared meals for Thantastic Thursdays for 7 years.  After Curt’s death, I joined the staff at LexPres as the Director of Culinary Ministries.  This ministry took off and is still growing and meeting the needs of the congregation and community.  Our largest event is on Martin Luther King’s birthday where we feed soup to approximately 400 participants.  I am thankful that I have the opportunity to serve the church that has supported me.

For years Skip has been providing a remarkable service to members of this church through his labors surrounding food service. Anyone who has worked with him in planning and preparing meals, baking cakes and breads, serving meals, etc. knows the warm atmosphere of camaraderie Skip creates in the church kitchen. What Skip provides is a true ministry.

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