A native of Washington, DC, Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the Senior Pastor of Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD, where he has served since 2011. Additionally, he serves as the Supervising Pastor of the Beloved Community Cooperative Parish, which is comprised of three churches in Baltimore (Epworth Chapel UMC, Sharp Street Memorial UMC, and Martin Luther King Memorial UMC). From 2004-2012, he served as the District Superintendent of the Baltimore-Harford and Baltimore Metropolitan Districts in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, where he was responsible for supervising 88 churches and pastors in the greater Baltimore area. In 2008, he was also appointed as Executive Director of Hope for the City, an urban strategic initiative to strengthen churches in Baltimore. From 1998-2004, he served as the Executive Director of the Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry of the Northeastern Jurisdiction, headquartered in Columbia, MD, and has served as senior pastor of three other congregations in Virginia and Maryland.
During his pastoral tenure at Epworth Chapel, the congregation of more than 1200 members has experienced significant growth in worship attendance and membership (more than 200 persons have joined the church), expansion of program ministries (53 active ministries), and engagement in two major strategic planning processes (“Epworth 2020”, and “EpworthDream 2030”). New ministries include “It Takes a Village”– a partnership with educational institutions in the community surrounding the church; “Fishes and Loaves”– a comprehensive ministry aimed at eradicating hunger in the community; Harvest – a young adult praise team; the “SOUL Cafe’” – a weekly meal aimed at promoting fellowship for persons in the church and community; the Youth Breakfast Club; and a Grief Sharing ministry. Among other areas of church and community service, Dr. Hunt serves as a member of the Baltimore County Executive’s Clergy Roundtable on Public Safety, and is chair of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
He is also a Professor of Systematic, Moral and Practical Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, where he is a Permanent Dunning Distinguished Lecturer in recognition of ongoing excellence in teaching and scholarship. This is the highest distinction bestowed on a faculty member of that institution. He also teaches on the adjunct faculties at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, and is a professor and faculty fellow at the Graduate Theological Foundation, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This is the highest distinction bestowed on a faulty member of the Graduate Theological Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Maryland (BA in Economics, with Honors), he holds advanced degrees from Troy State University (MBA), Wesley Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, with Honors, and Wesley Merit Fellow), St. Mary’s Seminary and University (Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Theology), and the Graduate Theological Foundation, in affiliation with the University of Oxford, UK (Doctor of Ministry in Applied Ministry and Transformational Leadership and Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology). In 2004, he completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in Pastoral Theology at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, has completed two years of additional studies in Philosophy and the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Oxford, UK, and has completed additional post-doctoral studies in transformational leadership at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. In May 2016, he was inducted into the Society of John Wesley which is the highest distinction bestowed on an alum of Wesley Theological Seminary, and in April 2019, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Hunt has preached and lectured internationally, and is the author of twelve books, including – Holding Onto Hope: Essays, Sermons and Prayers on Religion and Race, Volume 4 (2020); Songs for the Seasons: Sermons on the Psalms, Volume 2 (2020); I’ve Seen the Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 21st Century Quest for the Beloved Community (2020); Come Go with Me: Howard Thurman and Gospel of Radical Inclusivity (2019); and Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Theological Analysis of the Thought of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. (2005); in addition to over 175 published articles and chapters on issues related to the church and society.
He and his wife, Lisa are the proud parents of Marcus (deceased), Kristen and Brian.