The Reverend Dr. William E. (Bill) Dudley was celebrated and honored by the Signal Mountain Congregation and the Presbytery of the Southeast in naming him Pastor Emeritus. The recognition of Dr. Dudley was bestowed upon him after his twenty-five years of ministry at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church and his retirement.
A native of Opelika, Alabama, and a covenant child of First Presbyterian Church of Opelika, he is a graduate of Auburn University and received both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary.
In his forty-seven years of ministry Bill has served as: Associate Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama; Pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church in Newnan, Georgia; and, again at Memorial Church in Montgomery as Senior Pastor for fourteen years prior to his call to the Signal Mountain Church.
Dr. Dudley transferred his ordination in 2007 to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, after 38 years in the PCUSA; this occurred at the same time the Signal Mountain Church was received into the EPC. He is a faithful presbyter within the Presbytery of the Southeast.
Dr. Dudley was chosen to serve as Moderator of the EPC General Assembly for 2013-2014 and presently serves as Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Administration.
His wife is the former Julia Lake Vass (Jakie), who is the daughter and granddaughter of Presbyterian missionaries to the Congo.
The Dudleys have three children:
- David, their oldest child (adopted), was killed in 1991 after graduation from medical school.
- Elizabeth, who was born in Newnan, is a graduate of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga and graduated from Auburn University. She is married to Reece Alford, attorney, and they live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. They have a son, Will, and two daughters, Charlotte and Edith. They are members of the Episcopal Church.
- Clay, the Dudley’s youngest son, was born in Montgomery but grew up on Signal Mountain. He is a graduate of The McCallie School and Auburn University. Clay and his wife, Sara, live in Atlanta and are members at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
The Dudleys continue living on Signal Mountain.