History and the inspirational origins of the university

Hudson Taylor University was founded in 2013. The name of the university was inspired by its namesake and the
most preeminent missionary to China, James Hudson Taylor. Hudson Taylor was born in 1832. In 1853 he took his first trip to China, In his lifetime of 73 years, he founded CIM (China Inland Mission) and was responsible for the commissioning of over 800 missionaries, and the establishment of 125 schools in China. His mission was groundbreaking in its embracing of all Protestant denominations and worthy of emulation in its respect of Chinese culture and customs. While in China, he always wore Chinese clothes and spoke their language.

China Inland Mission missionaries in Chinese dress (1891)

Hudson Taylor University is a faithful manifestation of God’s calling to bring the Gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). We are profoundly inspired by Hudson Taylor’s lifelong dedication to missions in China.
We, therefore, seek to educate and produce men and women who are called to carry on the missional work he started in China as well as other parts of the world wherever they are called to serve.

The institutional origin of Hudson Taylor University traces back to Underwood University. The creation of Underwood University was similarly inspired by the missional work of Horace Underwood. He was the preeminent missionary to Korea who in his and his heirs’ lifetimes transformed Korea into a prolific emissary of missionaries and a beacon of Christianity in East Asia. Underwood University, now a sister university to Hudson Taylor, ceded its most important biblical programs to Hudson Taylor. For the foreseeable future many of the resources of Underwood University will be provided to and shared with Hudson Taylor University.

“China’s Spiritual Need and Claims” by Hudson Taylor published in October 1865 in London

Almost contemporaneously with the creation of Hudson Taylor University, Hudson Taylor Ministries was founded as its chapel, a vehicle of its missional work, a center for ministerial development of its faculty and students, and the ecumenical arm of the University. Hudson Taylor Ministries holds its worship service for the University students and faculty. It also serves the community as a local church.

Hudson Taylor University is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 managed by its Board of Directors (Linda Park, Chairperson) and operated by its chief executive Richard S. Yoon, Esq., J.D. It is convenientlylocatedinSuwanee, Georgia, a northeast suburb of Atlanta. The campus is comprised of two buildings: the chapel, occupied by a Hudson Taylor Ministries, and the 50,000 sq. ft. main building where all the administration and faculty offices are located together with the classrooms, student lounge, auditorium and the library. Hudson Taylor University has been authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission in 2014 to operate as a University in the State of Georgia.