Family Pictures 2008 021 Richard Hunter is the Executive Director of New Church Development for the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is married to the love of his life, Meri, and they have two children: Anna and Austin. Richard enjoys fishing, walking on the beach and traveling with his family. He reads a lot of boring and exciting books, is an avid Bama football fan and practices daily quiet times for reading scripture, prayer, listening for God’s guidance; as well as engaging in  physical exercise and playing with his two cats.

Richard was called to be a pastor at age 16 and has served as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and then as a Senior Pastor of five churches in the Atlanta area. He was ordained in 1984; his passions in ministry are to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to champion the vision of the church and raise up future leaders for the Kingdom. Richard is a consultant for church planters, staff workshops and teaches on the Adjunct Faculty at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Parish Revitilization from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He and Meri live in Huntsville, Alabama.


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