Finishing Touches

Dr. Sheldon Hudson, senior pastor of Across All Boundaries Christian Church, in her new offices in Blythewood.

Refining Young Ladies with Christian Values

BLYTHEWOOD – After serving as senior pastor at Across All Boundaries Christian Church in Ridgeway since 2000, Dr. Sheldon Hudson is spreading her wings into Blythewood where she recently opened a Christian-based finishing program for girls, ages 4 – 18. Hudson has operated the program, called Destiny’s Daughters, as an in-house ministry at her church since 2005. She said she decided to move it into downtown Blythewood with the hope of reaching more girls.

“The goal of our program is principled-based mentoring, polishing and finishing to help young ladies lead, excel and achieve in their lives,” Hudson said. “That’s something that just isn’t always available and affordable for young ladies these days.”

Hudson is a graduate of Truth Bible College in Jacksonville, Fla. where she earned a Doctorate in Theology. Raised by her grandmother in Mount Pleasant, Hudson said she fondly remembers that her grandmother was assisted in her rearing by a whole village of older women.

“I had a wonderful childhood. They saw to it that I had every opportunity to experience art, culture and a lady’s training,” Hudson recalled. Now she wants to bring that training to young women who might not otherwise experience it.

“My role in Destiny’s Daughters,” Hudson said, “is to mentor and train, to provide skills necessary for these young women’s success in their personal, social and, eventually, their professional lives.”

Hudson said she is now taking applications for the program, which will start Aug. 1.

“Our desire is to bring back the rites of passage, standards that were once passed on in our culture,” Hudson said. “Besides etiquette classes, we will offer dancing, music and other areas of the arts.”

Hudson’s offices and studio are located at 303 Main St. in downtown Blythewood. For information about the program, call 803-569-7131.