Dr. Mary Lin Hudson

B.A., Bethel College
M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 

Professor Emeritus of Homiletics and Liturgics

Mary Lin Hudson joined the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary in January 1988. Her research interests in the area of preaching include homiletic theology, storytelling and narrative structures in sermon design, and situational preaching for a 21st century world. 

In the area of liturgics, she explores the intersection of ethics and liturgical theology, with particular interest in the meaning and practice of the sacraments of Eucharist and baptism.

She co-authored the book, Saved From Silence: Finding Women’s Voice in Preaching (1999) with Dr. Mary Donovan Turner.  She also contributed the sections on Advent and Christmas to New Proclamation: Year A in 2010.  Her early work focused on the ministry and preaching of Louisa Mariah Woosley, the first ordained woman in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Hudson has authored journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and sermons for various publications.

Dr. Hudson is an ordained minister with the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. In that role, she serves as a member of the Committee on Ministry: Preparation of the St. Louis Association. She is an active member of First Congregational Church of Memphis where she has served in numerous roles.

Before joining the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary, Dr. Hudson served as the pastor of the Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, TN.

Dr. Hudson retired from MTS after the 2022-2023 academic year.

Learn more about Dr. Hudson’s teaching and research.


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