Pastor Sue grew up in a thriving Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where young people were valued and equipped to become leaders. While still in high school, her pastor invited her to "preach" her first sermon on a Sunday evening. She felt God's guidance as she prepared a message on John 15, where Jesus encouraged his disciples to "abide in him as a branch abides in the vine." For the first time in her life she felt the awesome responsibility of trying to speak for God to other people. The metaphor of driving a car with a standard transmission came to mind. Just as a driver must disengage the clutch with one foot while pressing the gas pedal with the other, a disciple of Christ must do the same. We must let go of our own "agendas" in order to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, letting the Spirit energize us and lead us into the future.
Pastor Sue has tried to live her life in that manner. She became a leader in her own church and served on their summer staff two summers while a college student at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. She majored in English with a secondary teaching certificate and taught one year in Virginia Beach Schools, before following her call to seminary.
Pastor Sue married David Hudson after graduation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has been engaged in some type of ministry ever since. They served as missionaries in three Asian countries: Korea, Pakistan; and India. She is also a certified Christian educator (with an M.A.in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary), an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), and recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Advanced Practices of Ministry (2010). Pastor Sue is now working on a Spiritual Formation Certificate through Columbia Theological Seminary, because she loves to keep learning, and loves inviting others into the adventure of faith formation and life-long spiritual growth.
Sue and David have three daughters: Rebekah, Rachel, and Mary who have shared in their global journeys. "Being a mother has been one of the most rigorous and rewarding experiences of my life, because each of my daughters has helped keep me honest, humble, open-minded and sensitive to the diverse needs in a Christian community!"