Rev. Dr. Michelle McClendon
Michelle McClendon lives in Greenville, SC and commutes each week to Hendersonville. Her part-time role at Providence allows her to invest time in some of the things she loves most: teaching, leading retreats and workshops, and serving as spiritual mentor and life coach for people who are seeking to discover and invest their gifts, to grow in relationship to God, or who are facing life transitions and changes.
Prior to becoming Associate Pastor at Providence, she was Minister of Christian Education at First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC from 1990 until 2013 and served Second Baptist Church, Lubbock, TX as Minister to Youth and Families from 1981-1990. A native Texan, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University (Bachelor of Science in Family Studies, 1979), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Religious Education, 1981) and Columbia Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality, 2007). Her doctoral studies focused on ministry with adults in the second half of life.
She loves to travel and read. She has taught Bible Study for adults almost weekly since 1989 and is a devoted spiritual seeker and lifelong learner as well as a teacher. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International. She is active in the Greenville interfaith community, and is passionate about religious liberty, equality for all, and social justice. Her husband, Rod, is Media Specialist at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville and is an active participant in the Greenville theater community. They have two children, Madison (27) and Bryce (21).
Rev. Julie Merritt Lee
Julie Merritt Lee came to Providence as pastor in July of 2009 and served through May 2016. She came to Providence from Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas where she served as a Pastoral Resident for two years. Julie also has served as a Clinical Pastoral Education Chaplain Resident in San Antonio, Texas; as interim Associate Pastor at Friedens United Church of Christ in Riesel, Texas; as Pastor Associate at DaySpring Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and as a Resident Chaplain at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Julie is a native of southeast, Texas.
Julie graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, where she received the Outstanding Preacher Award for the Fall of 2005.
Julie is married to Michael Lee who is also an ordained minister who currently serves as a hospice chaplain. They have two children, Sophia and Sage, and currently reside in Houston, Texas.
Robert D. Hudson
Educated in Alabama and Boston, Robert spent most of his teaching years in the state of Maine at all levels of public and private schools. For several years, he was the Executive Director of FORUM-A, a regional arts council in association with the University of Maine at Augusta. Concurrently, he was the Business Manager/Music Director of the Theater at Monmouth, a professional Shakespeare theater. Between 1966 and 1982, he served as adjudicator of state band contests and as conductor of several youth orchestras.
At the University of Maine at Augusta he taught nine years as Assistant Professor of Music. In 1982 he formed and conducted for five years the Magic City Community Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama.
Robert came to Hendersonville in 1990, accepting a teaching assignment as string/orchestra teacher for the county schools. Currently he is the Leader of The Early Music Ensemble of Hendersonville and performs with The Hendersonville Community Band. He was Music Director/Conductor of the Hendersonville Chorale for four years. Mr. Hudson is involved in many places in the music scene in Henderson and Buncombe counties.
After growing up in Dallas, North Carolina, Annette earned a Bachelor of Music from Appalachian State University and a Master of Music Education from Western Carolina University. She is a retired music specialist with the Henderson County Public Schools.
She sings in the Carolina Concert Choir and plays viola in the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Annette also was the chairperson of the Site Committee when Providence purchased their current ministry site on Oakland Street.