Missy hudspeth

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY - I am married to my best friend and high school sweetheart, Cully Hudspeth.  We recently celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary.  We have three children.  Our son Dalton, age 20, plays baseball and studies chemical engineering at Itawamba Community College.  Our daughter, Hayden, who is a senior at Winston Academy, enjoys basketball, cheerleading and track and currently serves as the student body president. Our youngest son, Jace, is 12 and entering the seventh grade.  He is a kind-hearted kid who never meets a stranger.  He like to play football and baseball.


WHERE WERE YOU BORN? - I was born and raised in Louisville and attended Louisville High School.  

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL? - I went to East Central Community College and then transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi.  At USM, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorder and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology.  I always assumed I would work and have a family.  I never considered the possibility of being a stay-at-home mom.  When we had Dalton, I felt a strong need to stay at home full-time.  I continued as a stay-at-home mom for 20 years until December of 2014 when I began working at the church.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO AWAY FROM MINISTRY? - I have three very active children and much of our free time revolves around them and sports.  We go where they are and watch what they are doing, whether that's baseball, cheerleading, basketball or football.  We are also big Atlanta Braves fans.  We also like professional and college football.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CALL TO MINISTRY? - First Baptist Church of Louisville had never had a children's minister before.  Rob felt there was need for one.  At the same time my husband and I had gone on a trip together.  While on the trip, Cully and I discussed how I wasn't sure what God had in store for me next.  I volunteered a lot, and the kids didn't need me at home during the day as much anymore.  I got serious praying about that.  When I was getting ready to teach Sunday School one Sunday morning, Newlie called me in and said that my name had come up concerning the new children's minister position.  Fear rose in me.  I am not an upfront person and am much more comfortable behind the scenes.  Newlie encouraged me to pray about it.  I could not get God to tell me no.  Everyday the door just kept opening for me.  I was really seeking God to make the right choice. I felt such a pull.  I knew it was what God wanted me to do.  I knew I needed to be obedient and not let fear prevent me from taking the position.  I trusted in God, and it was the biggest leap of faith I've ever taken.  Every day I get up and say, "Lord, I'll do what you need me to do today."  The ministry is growing and people are excited.  God uses people like that to really show himself.  This is out of my comfort zone and I truly believe that God is doing the work here. 


WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING MINISTRY AT FBC? - FBC is a wonderful place to work.  The staff has really taken me in; everyone has been encouraging and supportive.  It is just like a family.  It's a team effort and we are all working toward the same goals.  The congregation is also very supportive.  Our motto is we do life together as a ministry and as a team. 


TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW - Most people don't know that I didn't grow up in church.  I was 23 years old when I prayed to receive Christ and was baptized at First Baptist six months before I got married.