Dr. James L. Hudson, Pastor of Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church, is all about building and advancing the Kingdom of God. God has ordered his steps as a dynamic teacher and preacher. Pastor Hudson is committed to developing mature believers to understand God’s purpose and plan for their life. He was sent by God so the people of Harrison Street can fulfill God’s mission for His church, which is “to exemplify the love of Christ to everyone, evangelize to the lost and empower all believers to become spiritually mature.”
James Hudson, a native of Kankakee, Illinois, has served as the Minister of Music, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Director of Christian Education, and Assistant Pastor at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Kankakee, Illinois. From 1979 until 2004, he worked in the Kankakee School District. He held positions of high school english teacher, director of Annual Black History Program, Principal, Director of Professional Development, grant writer, and hearing officer.
Upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University, Master of Science from Illinois State University, and a Master of Education from Governor’s State University, Hudson continued to seek the will of God for his life. It was not until Pastor Hudson accepted his assignment at the Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky that he truly believed he was in the center of God’s will. Pastor Hudson has completed his Doctorate of Ministry Programs from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Since the beginning of his tenure, Harrison Street has been actively engaged in “A Spirit of Renewal.” He as overseen the complete renovation of the church and offices and increased the annual budget by more than 50 percent. Now, he is eager to bring into fruition the vision God has for this ministry.
Equipping the saints of God for work in ministry has been a passion for Pastor Hudson. He has led intense studies on such classes as: Stewardship, Flesh and Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Forgiveness, Worship, Baptism, When Godly People do Ungodly Things, Ungodly Soul Ties, and Healing for Damaged Emotions. Pastor Hudson is adamant about ministering holistically to the children. Fourth Sunday worship services are tailored directly to connect the interest of the youth and children, especially the sermons. In 1988, James Hudson married the love of his life, the former, Janice Olevia Parks of Grenada Mississippi.
They have been blessed with three wonderful sons, Phillip, Ryan, and Troy; two grandchildren, Sharras and Carter; but are spiritual mentors to many.