Pastor Hunter accepted the call to become pastor-elect of the church in September. Through his training and teachings, he said he has realized and accepted that proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ has become his lifelong commitment.
A 1980 graduate from Youngstown Rayen High School, Pastor Hunter attended Arizona Western College on an athletic scholarship and majored in psychology and physical education.
In 1981 he joined the Marine Corps, being honorably discharged three years later. He lived in California until 1990, working as a corrections officer, after which he returned to Ohio to continue working in corrections.
Pastor Hunter accepted his call to preach the gospel in 1998 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, where he was baptized at the age of 9. In 2001, under the leadership of Pastor Kelvin E. Turner, he was licensed to preach. A deacon, he served as coordinator of youth ministries and of Christian Men United, and was active in Evangelistic Outreach Ministries.
He went back to studying psychology at Youngstown State University and graduated in 2003 with an associate degree in humanities. He then sought a bachelor’s in community ministry from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, and completed his second unit of clinical pastoral education at St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he volunteers as a chaplain. He is an ongoing student at Bradley Bible College, pursuing a bachelor’s in religious studies. He plans to attend Ashland Theological Seminary.
Before his call to pastor-elect, he served as associate minister at Christ-Centered Church in Youngstown, where he was ordained under the leadership of Bishop Pastor Kenneth W. Paramore. He served in youth ministries, EOM and Christian Education Ministries.
Pastor Hunter is founder of Up-Front Youth Mentor Program and Alternative Support Achievement Program, meant to stop youth violence.
He is the father of two daughters and one son and grandfather of three boys.