The Sixth Episcopal District Lay Organization honored Elder Hudson as Outstanding Presiding Elder of the Year during their Biennial Convention (September 2016)
Presiding Elder Hudson: A True Visionary with A Heart for God
Dr. Larry W. Hudson, Sr.
& Mrs. Barbara Clayton Hudson
Dr. Larry W. Hudson, Sr.
& The Hudson Family
He accepted his call to ministry in 1975 at his home church, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rome, Georgia. His visionary and perceptive leadership has been demonstrated in all of his pastoral appointments which include: Bethel A.M.E. Church (Woodbury, Georgia); Bush Chapel A.M.E. Church (Zebulon, Georgia) the church constructed a new edifice; Cleveland Chapel A.M.E. Church (McDonough, Georgia) the church completed a major renovation; Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church (Rock Mart, Georgia) the church constructed an annex; St. Thomas A.M.E. Church (Thomasville, Georgia) the church underwent major renovations; Antioch A.M.E. Church (Decatur, Georgia) the church reclaimed the structure and property for the A.M.E. Church; Bethel A.M.E. Church (Augusta, Georgia) the church was relocated, and the surrounding property purchased, to provide an area that promoted opportunities for growth and community involvement. Ministries were increased and expanded into the community; and St. Mark A.M.E. Church (Atlanta, Georgia) the church was renovated with the construction of an Administration Building and elevator. Reverend Hudson was appointed Presiding Elder of the South District of the Atlanta North Georgia Conference in June 2014. He was appointed Presiding Elder of the North District of the Atlanta North Georgia Conference in June 2016.
His employment career includes Adjunct Professor at Paine College, Augusta, Georgia and Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina. He has been a teacher, counselor and Assistant Director with the State of Georgia Department of Children and Youth Services, Regional Youth Detention Center. He taught secondary school at Boddie Junior High School, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Reverend Hudson served in the Armed Services during the Vietnam Era. He has received numerous awards and honors. He was inducted into the Turner Alumni Hall of Fame of Turner Theological Seminary in 2015. He has served with various civic and community organizations, including the Harrisburg Anvil (Augusta), Minority Advisory Board of WJBF (Channel 6), the Optimist Club (Augusta) and Stoklein Temple – 32 Degree Mason (Augusta) and Compass Lodge 160 (Sparta). He is a Charter Member of the Blackstone Shrine Club of Sparta, Georgia. However, his greatest honor is being called to preach the Word of God. Knowing as Nehemiah “The God of heaven, he will prosper us”, he led the South District – “Rebuilding and Retooling for the Future”. With the Lord’s guidance, the North District will see that “The Best Is Yet To Come”.
Presiding Elder Hudson serves as Treasurer and Trustee of the Sixth Episcopal District, and the Treasurer of the Trustee Board of Turner Theological Seminary. He is the Fourth Year Advisor of the Atlanta North Georgia Conference Board of Examiners. He has worked diligently alongside others to save and restore the reputation of Morris Brown College – a true treasure of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He serves the A.M.E. Church at the Connectional Level as a member of the Episcopal Committee of The General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church since first being elected in 1996. He is also an At-Large member of the Connectional Presiding Elders’ Council.
Presiding Elder Hudson has been married to Barbara Clayton Hudson for over 40 years and is the father of three, grandfather of eleven and great grandfather of one.