Carrie's road to Ashland Theological Seminary was sparked by her pastor, who recognized her teaching gift and challenged Carrie to pursue formal training. Upon earning an M.Div. at ATS, Carrie was given the opportunity to stay and continue working with the seminary family. She feels fortunate to be one of the first people with whom new students interact. Carrie is able to cultivate an immediate connection with those students that very often involves encouragement, prayer, and sometimes a few tears. She thoroughly enjoys shepherding students and challenging them to stay the course. God has confirmed over and over that Carrie's seminary education was not just for academic purposes; it was also meant to encourage others as they embark on their own seminary journey.
Carrie also earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Black Church Studies through Ashland Theological Seminary, and that experience became a catalyst for significant transformation in her faith walk. Surrounded by leading scholars, both male and female, Carrie fully learned that, as an African-American woman, her perspective is valuable and her gifts are valid. Having such scholarly teachers allowed Carrie to remove the limits of what she could become and gave her a sense of pride in her race and heritage. There is no doubt that God's presence and spirit undergirds this program as it richly develops leaders to serve God's people.
Carrie is married to Kevin, a bi-vocational minister and sales manager. Between the two of them, Kevin and Carrie have two sons and one daughter. As a blended family, they have learned that authentic family connection is not based on biological origin; it's based on loving God and one another. The Hudson family loves to have fun with one another, including their spoiled Blue Merle Chihuahua, affectionately named Pistachio.
Some of Carrie's favorite pastimes include trips to Disney World, Chicago, and Kalahari Water Park. She also enjoys bowling, scrapbooking, reading, playing the piano, making jewelry, and developing workshops for women.