C. ANTHONY HUNT, DMIN., PH.D.
leading, innovating, inspiring, transforming
Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt is a philosophical theologian and specialist in transformational leadership development. Internationally recognized for gifts and passion for preaching, teaching, thought leadership, building the Beloved Community, transformational leadership development, and facilitating strategic change and organizational turnaround, he is an Ordained Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, and since 2011 has served as Senior Pastor of Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD, and also currently serves (since 2020) as the supervising pastor of the Beloved Community Cooperative Ministry, comprised of three urban congregations in the Greater Baltimore area. He previously served as the District Superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan and Baltimore-Harford United Methodist Districts in Central Maryland, as Executive Director of Hope for the City - an urban initiative to strengthen congregations and communities in Baltimore, as Executive Director of the Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry of the United Methodist Church, headquartered in Columbia, MD, as Program Director of the Center for Community Action and Social Justice at American University's Kay Spiritual Life Center, Washington, DC, and as Dean of Haebler Memorial Chapel and Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Goucher College, Towson, MD.
Additionally, he is a Professor of Systematic, Moral and Practical Theology, and a core faculty member at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore where he has taught since 2000. For the 2003-4 and 2007-8 academic years, he was named the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer in recognition of excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. In 2008, he was named 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 the Ecumenical Institute. He is also a Faculty Fellow and the E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Sarasota, Florida, and additionally he teaches on the core partner/adjunct faculties at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, Bethel Theological Seminary and University in St. Paul, MN, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH where he developed and is the Director/Faculty Mentor for the “Enacting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Beloved Community” Doctoral Focus Group. At Wesley Theological Seminary, he has served as acting director of the Urban and Missional Fellows Program (2016) and the Community Engagement Fellows Program (2023).
Dr. Hunt is the founder, CEO, and Principal Coach/Consultant of New Horizons Coaching and Consulting. New Horizons focuses on consulting for non-profit and religious organizations in the areas of strategic mission/visioning, turn-around and scalable growth, catalytic/transformational leadership development, and catalytic leadership/life coaching for non-profit and religious leaders.
He ia also the founder and Program Director of Hope for the City: Transforming Urban Leaders (TUL), a Baltimore-based Transformational Development collaborative with the Ministry in the City HUB at City Seminary, New York and the Lilly Endowment. As program director, Dr. Hunt is responsible for overseeing planning, design and implementation as the project aims to develop transformational leaders to serve in urban ministry contexts.
A graduate of the University of Maryland (BA in Economics, with a concentration in Econometrics, with Honors, Black Honors Caucus Scholar, Maryland Senatorial Scholar, and Other Races Fellow), he holds advanced degrees from Troy University (MBA, with a concentration in Management), Wesley Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, with Honors, and Wesley Merit Fellow, with a concentration in Systematic Theology), St. Mary’s Seminary and University (Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Theology, Kellogg Foundation Fellow), Bethel Theological Seminary and University (Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership), and the Graduate Theological Foundation, in affiliation with the University of Oxford, UK (Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership and Applied Ministries, and Ph.D. in Theological Studies with concentrations in Philosophical Theology and Ethics). His Ph.D. dissertation, completed in 2001, was titled "The Search of Peaceful Community: A Theological Analysis of the Thought of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr."
He has also completed post-graduate studies at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK (Oxford Executive Leadership Programme), the University of Oxford, UK (Philosophy), the Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA (Executive Leadership Coaching Strategies), the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ (Pastoral Theology, Lilly Endowment sponsored Fellow), and the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (he holds the credential of Certified Manager). He has also completed training in CoActive leadership coaching with the CoActive (Coach) Training Institute, San Rafael, California, and the Life Coaching Certification Program with the Life Coaching Institute, Costa Mesa, CA (currently the Certified Life Coach Institute). Both of these programs are International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited. He holds the credential of Certified Professional Life Coach. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the National Black MBA Association, the American Philosophical Association, and the Oxford Philosophical Society.
He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army Officer's Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, has served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and as a Military Chaplain, and completed clinical residencies in pastoral counseling at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC (1990) and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (1995).
Among numerous honors and recognitions, in May of 2015, Dr. Hunt was inducted as a Faculty Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation. This is the highest distinction bestowed on a member of the Foundation's international faculty. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Society of John Wesley Award of Merit and inducted into Wesley Theological Seminary's Society of John Wesley, which is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of Wesley Seminary. In 2017, he received the Baltimore Faith Leaders Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Lambda Chapter, and in 2019, he was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He is a 2023 recipient of By Faith Magazine's Drum Major Award for national leadership and advocacy in social justice, and in 2023 he was also the recipient of the Dr. James Shopshire Community Engagement Award from Wesley Theological Seminary's Community Engagement Institute.
Dr. Hunt has lectured and preached extensively across the United States and internationally, and has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, By Faith Magazine, and on National Public Radio, among other national media outlets. He is the author of 16 books and over 200 articles, chapters, essays and peer-reviewed academic papers on issues related to the church and society, and has been a content contributor to several national publications, including "Leading Ideas" (Lewis Leadership Center) and By Faith Magazine (Black Methodists for Church Renewal). His ongoing teaching/research interests include intersections of Transformational/Prophetic/Ethical Leadership, Systematic Theology, Urban Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Economics, Peacemaking, Africana Studies, Black Church Studies, the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Church Growth, Multiculturalism, and World Religions.