A longtime bridge-builder who seeks
common ground for the common good, Dr. Joel C. Hunter is a faith
community organizer who approaches today’s challenges in a biblical and
balanced manner. Cooperation and partnership are hallmarks of his
ministry. Together, he believes, we can accomplish more because of our
differences than we would on our own. “People are missing a way to
benefit from differences without compromising their beliefs,” Dr. Hunter
has said. “Fear and suspicion of differences limit spiritual maturity.
Both spiritual and intellectual maturity grow from differences.
Contrasts can be used to accomplish kingdom purposes.”
Dr. Hunter served as a Spiritual Advisor
to President Barack Obama from 2008 to 2017. He served on the boards of
the National Association of Evangelicals from 2004 to 2017 and the World
Evangelical Alliance from 2006 to 2017. He was a speaker at the Global
Christian Forum in Bangkok, Thailand; the Parliament of the World’s
Religions in Melbourne, Australia; and was a participant in the
U.S./Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, and the Alliance of
Civilizations (United Nations) in Madrid, Spain. He was part of a
multi-faith delegation to Iran in 2015 and is a co-convener of the
annual Jewish-Evangelical Dialogue among national leaders in Washington,
Dr. Hunter served as senior pastor of
Northland Church in Longwood, Florida for 32 years. In 2017 he
transitioned from that role on a mission to “go from my best
interpretation of what the Bible says, to my best imitation of how Jesus
lived.” Now, Dr. Hunter, a full-time volunteer, serves as the Chairman
of the Community Resource Network, a
non-profit organization he founded, that focuses on helping the
marginalized - specifically homeless families. Additionally, Dr. Hunter
serves as the Chairman of the Central Florida Commission on
Homelessness, a Florida-based nonprofit organization comprised of
government officials, corporations, faith communities, and other
non-profit organizations working together to end homelessness.
Also leading “A Community Conversation,”
which sets a framework for understanding social issues that impact all
of us and provides connections to opportunities to help, each week Dr.
Hunter, along with social issue experts, helps to set the tone for
delivering solutions through his interview programs Power Talks, The Bright Side (which he co-hosts with his son, Dr. Joel D. Hunter), and “Let’s Go Help Somebody” minute devotionals on Christian Radio.