Recognized for gifts and passions in preaching, teaching, thought leadership, transformational leadership development, and facilitating strategic change and organizational turnaround, Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt is a native of Washington, DC, an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, and since 2011 has served as Senior Pastor of Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD. Additionally, since 2020, he has served 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, Dr. Hunt 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 (over 50 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; a Grief Sharing ministry; and an enhanced Multi-media Ministry.
Among areas of church and community service, Dr. Hunt serves as a member of the Baltimore County Executive’s Clergy Roundtable on Public Safety. From 2016-21 he served as the chair of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (UMC) – which has responsibility for the administrative care and preparation of over 1300 ministers and ministerial candidates, and he has been elected as a delegate to the United Methodist Church’s Jurisdictional and General Conferences three times (these are the United Methodist Church’s highest legislative bodies). Dr. Hunt has also previously served under appointment on the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Judicial Nominations, the Harford County (MD) Commission on Mental Health and Addictions, the Board of Directors of Harford County Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Board of Directors of Chesapeake (MD) Habitat for Humanities, the Board of Directors of the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race, and the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary (he was elected as a Governor Emeritus in 2012, after having actively served from 2000-12).
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 member of the international faculty of the Graduate Theological Foundation. Previous faculty and administrative appointments have included serving as Dean of Haebler Memorial Chapel and Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, as Director of the Center for Community Action and Social Justice at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University in Washington, DC, and as Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.
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). He has completed additional post-doctoral studies in Transformational Leadership at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, has completed the Oxford Executive Leadership Programme (at the Said Business School, Oxford University, UK), two years of additional studies in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, UK, and in 2004, completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in Pastoral Theology at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ. Additionally, Dr. Hunt is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army Officer’s Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA, has served as a military chaplain, and completed clinical residencies in pastoral counseling at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC (1990) and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (1995).
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 lectured and preached internationally, and has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, and on National Public Radio, among other national media outlets. He is the author of fourteen books, including – Hope Sings: Sermons on the Psalms, Volume 3 (2021); 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 a 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 200 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. In his spare time, Dr. Hunt enjoys reading, writing, spending time with family, traveling, exercising, sports and listening to jazz music.