A Modern-day Pioneer and Difference Maker
Walt Disney has been credited as the pioneer of the American animation industry because of his unprecedented creative ability to successfully bring the human imagination to life in a picture; a motion picture to be exact. Around the time when he was introducing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the world, another pioneer was being born, and this time it was someone closer to home who has changed more lives and left more impressions than can ever be counted.
“Almost 60 years ago Carl Hudson and I got married after meeting at Mississippi College. He was a pastor, so I always thought my life would be one of a homemaker and stay-home mom. Even though I had a college degree, women back then, especially pastor’s wives, didn’t work,” says Dottie Hudson. “After our third child, we started to struggle a bit financially and a local headmaster at one of the schools in our community called me and offered me a teaching position. I had to consider it because of the difficult time we were in,” continues Dottie. Dottie accepted that job and has worked ever since.
“I loved teaching, but what I really loved was counseling students who needed help. I would talk to them about their problems and I found myself in a place where I wanted to learn more about how to do that. I went to LSU and received a Masters Degree at the age of 50.”
Since her arrival at First Baptist Jackson twenty-eight years ago, she has pioneered some of the most successful and life-changing ministries that we are benefiting from today. She has been on staff at Summit Counseling and specializes in marriage and women’s issues. Dottie started the wedding program that we have today because she felt it was important that a young couple receive counseling and be advised by a Godly wedding coordinator during the wedding planning process. Hundreds of young couples have started their lives at First Baptist Jackson as a result of this ministry that focuses on building and maintaining Godly homes.
It doesn’t stop there. Dottie was a driving force in starting The Rejoice Bible Study for young moms, and she has been an advocate for women’s mentoring programs at First Baptist Jackson, as well. Whether it’s teaching Sunday School or counseling Dottie has made an impact on every area of our campus. Lately, she can be found in any number of spots on Sunday morning greeting new visitors, smiling, and being the first person you want to talk to when you enter the building.
This week Dottie turns the page and starts a new chapter in her life. She is officially retiring from the Summit Counseling staff after twenty-eight years. “I thank God daily for the privledge of being at First Baptist Jackson where God is the center of the counseling ministry. I have loved every minute of guiding people through the Godly principles of life,” says Dottie.
When asked what’s next, Dottie simply replies, “I’m teaching a Bible study at the Orchard and spending time with my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I’m in a writing group and I want to continue to write more. My dream is that I function as long as the Lord lets me and that He allows me to be available to talk to people whenever they need me.”
Learn more about the history of Summit Counseling at First Baptist Jackson and about Dottie Hudson’s counseling ministry.