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, DC.
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.
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