Jo Hudson

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.

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Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson is a spiritual leader, pastor, mentor, and community builder who serves as Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ (UCC), the world’s largest liberal Christian church with a primary outreach to lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning people, their friends, families and allies.

Joining the Cathedral in August 2004, Rev. Dr. Hudson came to the Cathedral after seven years as pastor of Friends Congregational Church UCC in College Station, Texas. In February of 2005, she was overwhelmingly elected to serve as the Senior Pastor, making Cathedral of Hope UCC the largest church in the State of Texas, and one of the largest in the United States, to be led by a woman

A native Texan, Rev. Dr. Hudson received her PhD in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in 1993 and graduated with honors from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 1994. She was ordained into the United Church of Christ in 1997. Rev. Dr. Hudson is the former President of the South Central Conference of the UCC, served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the UCC Justice & Witness Ministry, has been elected to serve on the UCC Pension Boards, is a member of the Forum on Military Chaplaincy, is a member of the Board of Youth First Texas and the Board for the Center for Progressive Renewal, and currently serves on the Board of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.



Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1993
M.Div., Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, 1994
M.S., University of North Texas, 1978
B.A., University of North Texas, 1975


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