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.
 

  • February 21-25, 2017
    Board of Bishops' Meeting
    Atlanta Airport Marriott
    4711 Best Rd
    College Park GA 30337
  • February 25, 2017
    North Eastern Episcopal District
    Missionary Supervisor
    Mrs. D. Diane Proctor
  • April 3, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    Mid-West Episcopal District
    Missionary Supervisor Camille Starnes
  • April 20, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    South West Delta Episcopal District
    Missionary Supervisor Galenia Frencher
  • May 7, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    Eastern North Carolina Episcopal
    Missionary Supervisor Sheila W. Monroe
  • May 16-21, 2017
    Blue Ridge Annual Conference
    Camp Dorothy Walls Conference & Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Road
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    Phone: (828) 419-9200
    Fax: (828) 419-9222
  • May 19-20, 2017
    Hood Theological Seminary
    Closing Convocation 7pm
    Hood Theological Seminary Commencement 10am
    Salisbury, NC

  • May 22-28, 2017
    West Central NC Annual Conference
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Koury Convention Center
    Hosting: Wadesboro-Monroe District
  • May 30 - June 4, 2017
    Western NC Annual Conference
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Koury Convention Center
    Hosting: Statesville District
  • June 1-4 2017
    Colorado Annual Conference
    Spottswood AME Zion Church
    3301 Milwaukee Street
    Denver, CO 80205
    Pastor: Rev. Darwin D. Little
  • June 5-11, 2017
    New England Annual Conference
    Cross Street AME Zion Church, Host Church
    Radisson Hotel Cromwell
    100 Berlin Road
    Cromwell, CT 06416
  • June 14-18, 2017
    California Annual Conference
    Kyles Temple AME Zion Church
    912 Florida Street
    Vallejo, CA 94590
    Pastor: Rev. David T. Miller
  • June 28-July 2, 2017
    Southwest Rocky Mount Conference
    Martin Temple AME Zion Church
    1005 North Rose Street
    Compton, CA 90221
    Pastor: Rev. Celeste Ary
  • July 5-9, 2017
    Oregon / Washington Conference
    Community AME Zion Vancouver
    3605 East 13th Street
    Vancouver, WA 98661
  • July 19-21, 2017
    Connectional Council
    Knoxville Marriott
    Knoxville Tennessee
  • July 22-27, 2017
    11th Quadrennial Connectional Lay Council Convention
    Knoxville Marriott
    Knoxville Tennessee
  • August 10-13, 2017
    Alaska Annual Conference
    Leake Temple AME Zion Anchorage
    430 North Hoyt Street
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Pastor: Rev. Dr. Gina R. Casey
  • August 30-September 2, 2017
    123rd North Alabama Annual Conference
    Hunter Chapel AME Zion Church
    Tuscaloosa AL

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