Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics
B.A., Bethel College
M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
A native of Dyer, TN, Mary Lin Hudson responded to the grace received through family, church, and community by participating in ministry from an early age and taking seriously God’s call to professional ministry at age 19. Her love for music led her to Murray State University for a time before transferring to Bethel College in preparation for seminary. At Memphis Theological Seminary, she excelled in the area of preaching. She was ordained by Obion Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on February 1, 1981. As a full time pastor at Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church, her gifts for preaching and teaching were affirmed by her congregation.
Accepted into graduate study at Vanderbilt University, she majored in the field of Church History with an emphasis in Homiletics. She completed her dissertation on the life, ministry, and preaching of Louisa M. Woosley, the first ordained woman minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and received her Ph.D. degree in 1992. Mary Lin moved into full time teaching at Memphis Theological Seminary in January 1988 as the first woman to serve as a full-time professor. She has served MTS in numerous ways, including direction the self-study for reaccreditation in 1998.
Dr. Hudson now serves as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is an active member of First Congregational Church in Memphis. Along with her church work, she cares for her mother, Mary Alice.