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. 


 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. 



 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, and located inSuwanee, Georgia, a northeastern suburb of Atlanta.  The campus is comprised of two buildings: the chapel, occupied by 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 since 2014 to operate as a University in the State of  Georgia.