rev. mary apicella, pastor

Mary grew up in nearby Marion, NC. Most recently she has pastored a blended congregation associated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and United Church of Christ in Connecticut. While there, she also served on an Interfaith Council which planned and coordinated community events. Mary is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Boston University School of Theology and graduated magna cum laude from both. An ordained American Baptist pastor, Mary is committed to the work of inclusion, justice, and creating God’s beloved community by following the example of Jesus’ way of ministering: telling stories, asking questions, and embodying God’s love.

Robert Hudson, Music Director

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.

Annette Hudson, Church accompanist

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.