Ambrose Dudley (c.1752-1825) was Virginia-born and a captain in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. After his conversion at Williamsburg, he returned home where he was soon ordained. He served in his first pastoral charge at Spotsylvania before removing to Kentucky in 1786. Here he was immediately called as pastor of the Baptist church at Bryan’s Station. His ministry to the congregations at Bryan’s Station and David’s Fork were said to have been attended “with extraordinary success.” During what became known as the Great Revival in the West at the turn of the century, the church at Bryan’s Station almost tripled its membership alone by the addition of over 400 persons! Dudley was one of the preeminent Baptist pioneers in Kentucky.