The Rev. Dr. William E. (Bill) Dudley has been elected as the moderator of the 33rd General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
Following his election, Dudley said, “I have been speechless about what I might say to you at the assembly. There is only one great honor for me, and that is the honor that our Sovereign Lord gave His only Son for my life. To serve Him these last 44 years has been a privilege.”
“I have no doubt he will lead us with confidence and excellence,” the Rev. David Swanson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla., said in his nomination speech for Dudley. “It is not easy leading in God’s church today, and I am excited that Bill will be moving about our denomination offering comfort and caring to us all … Bill is a master at crisis management. He has an amazing ability to read a room, discern the needs, and apply caring and healing.”
Dudley has been the senior pastor of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tenn., for 24 years. A native of Opelika, Ala., he graduated from Auburn University and received both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary.
The heart of his ministry, according to the church web site, has been “church renewal and redevelopment, building up of small congregations and conflict resolution.”
In his many years of ministry Dudley has served as associate pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala.; pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church in Newnan, Ga.; and, again at Memorial Church as senior pastor for 14 years before to his call to Signal Mountain.
After 38 years of ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA), in 2007, Dudley transferred his ordination to the EPC. At that same time, Signal Mountain also transferred into the EPC.
His wife is the former Julia Lake Vass (Jakie), and they have three children: David, who was killed in 1991, Elizabeth and Clay.