Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr. (Retired)
Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr.



A native of Kannapolis, NC, Louis Hunter, Sr. served on the front lines in the Viet Nam war with the 101st Airborne and was honorably discharged. In 1975 he preached his initial sermon and was subsequently ordained a minister in the A.M.E. Zion Church. He is a graduate of Howard University and Hood Theological Seminary, having attained a Master of Arts degree in Communication Theory and Rhetoric and a Master of Divinity degree respectively. During the course of his ministry, he has received numerous honors and awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary.

Bishop Hunter served for 29 years as a successful Pastor and Presiding Elder in churches and districts across the A.M.E. Zion Church; the hallmark of his pastoral ministry was “productivity and growth in the spirit of excellence.” Known as a counselor and motivator, 26 men and women accepted the call to the preaching ministry while under his leadership as pastor. The crowning achievement of his pastoral labors was the relocation of Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Atlanta, GA in 2000 to a 10+ acre, $2.5 million complex in Smyrna, GA where in just four years the membership grew from 100+ to over 1400.

The General Conference of 2004 elected and consecrated him as the 93rd bishop in succession in the denomination. From 2004-2008 he served as the Presiding Prelate of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District, which consists of Louisiana, South Mississippi, West Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

From December 2005 through July 2008, he served as the Presiding Bishop over the Tennessee and Indiana Conferences due to the death of Bishop Milton Alexander Williams, Sr. In July 2008 and in July 2012, he was assigned to preside as the Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic I Episcopal District, which is comprised of the Allegheny, Ohio, New Jersey, Guyana, and Barbados Conferences.

After the untimely death of Bishop Roy Holmes in May 2013, he was assigned as the Presiding Bishop over the Cape Fear and India Conferences of the Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District. In 2014, in addition to his episcopal responsibilities, he accepted a position as an adjunct professor at Columbia Theological Seminary located in Decatur, GA.

He is devoted to his family which includes his wife, Ingrid Flack Hunter, three adult sons (Louis, Jr., Rodney and Kenya), three daughters-in-law (Patricia, Linda and Johncie), seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
 

  • December 25, 2017
    Merry Christmas
    Galatians 4:4-5
    But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
  • January 1, 2018
    Happy New Year
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new!
  • January 15, 2018
    Martin Luther King Jr Day
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday for more information.
  • February 12-16, 2018
    Board of Bishops' and International Ministers & Lay Association Meeting
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
    235 East Main Street
    Norfolk, VA
    Register by February 5, 2018!
  • February 14, 2018
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday is always celebrated on a Wednesday seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. For Christians, the day marks the first day of Lent and the starting of 6 weeks of fasting and penance.
  • February 14-March 29, 2018
    Lent
    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday each year and for Christians starts the 40 day period of fasting. The day represents the 40 days Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness.
  • February 14, 2018
    Valentine's Day
    We love because he first loved us 1 John 4:19
  • March 11, 2018
    Daylight Savings Time
    Spring forward - Turn your clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (At 2 a.m. on March 11th, the clocks after they are moved forward an hour, will read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

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