Dr. Joel C. Hunter

Senior Pastor
Northland, A Church Distributed

Dr Joel Hunter Rethink HomelessnessDuring Dr. Hunter’s tenure at Northland, which began in 1985, the church has grown from 200 faithful souls to a congregation of 20,000 that worships at three sites around Metro Orlando and around the world via interactive webcast. Before bringing his family to Northland, Dr. Hunter served as a United Methodist pastor for 15 years in Indiana. He and his wife, Becky, have been partners in the ministry since their marriage in 1972.

A longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter has become an internationally known spokesperson for “compassion issues” outlined in Scripture, and has been featured in national publications including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Washington Post. A three-time consecutive recipient of Central Florida’s “50 Most Powerful” citizens by Orlando Magazine, Dr. Hunter has been interviewed on NPR and featured on programs such as “The Early Show,” CNN’s “American Morning,” PBS’ “Religion and Ethics,” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

A respected leader in the Evangelical community, he serves on the board of the World Evangelical Alliance and the National Association of Evangelicals. Dr. Hunter also served in the inaugural year on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which advised President Barack Obama on substantive policy issues. He continues as a spiritual advisor to the President.

Dr. Hunter is the author of several books, including A New Kind of Conservative (Regal Books), which outlines a non-partisan approach to political involvement.