Dr. Joel Hunter

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 his best interpretation of what the Bible says to his best imitation of how Jesus lived. Dr. Hunter serves as the Chairman of the Community Resource Network, a non-profit organization that he founded, that focuses on helping the marginalized – specifically homeless families. Additionally, Dr. Hunter served as the Chairman of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness from 2016 – 2018. 

He also leads a Community Conversation, setting a framework for understanding social issues that impact all of us and providing connections to opportunities to help. Each week, social issue experts help to set the tone for delivering solutions through his interview program, POWER TALKS, on TV 45 and via THE BRIGHT SIDE podcast he co-hosts with his son, Joel D. Hunter MD. Additionally, Dr. Hunter can be heard daily giving a MINUTE DEVOTIONAL on Z 88.3 FM Radio and encouraging listeners to “go help somebody.” Dr. Hunter also founded SIMPLE HELP –suggesting daily actions that cost less than $5 and take less than 5 minutes, but make a difference in our community.

A longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter 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—without giving up our unique identities. 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.