Family Pictures 2008 021 Richard Hunter is the Lead Pastor of Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama. I previously served as Executive Director of New Church Development for the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. I am married to the love of my life, Meri, and we have two adult children: Anna Vinson and Austin Hunter. I enjoy fishing, walking on the beach and traveling with my family.

I read stacks of boring and exciting books, am an avid Bama football fan and practice daily quiet time for reading scripture, prayer, & listening for God’s guidance. I am committed to regular exercise through walking, hikes, strength training and yoga.  Playing with our two cats is one of my favorite forms of relaxation.

I was called to be a pastor at age 16 and have served as a Youth Minister, Associate Pastor and as a Senior Pastor of five churches in the Atlanta area before returning to my home state of Alabama in 2015. I was ordained in 1984. My passions in ministry are proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, to champion the vision of the church and raise up future leaders for Kingdom work.

I coach and consult with church planters, pastors, church leaders and staff. I have led workshops on leadership, church revitalization, strategic mergers and starting new communities of faith and worship services. I have taught on the adjunct teaching staff at Asbury Theological Seminary & Candler School of Theology of Emory University. My Doctor of Ministry degree is in Parish Revitalization from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.


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