Meet Kent R. Hunter

Kent R. Hunter is Founder and President of Church Doctor Ministries. He has served as a pastor in Michigan, Indiana, and South Australia. In the past 27 years, Kent has consulted over 1,000 churches from 54 denominations, fellowships, and movements. He has worked with urban, rural, and suburban churches.

Kent received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, a Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and the D.Min degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is the author of 30 books on the subject of church health, vitality, and the effectiveness of the church. Recent releases include Move Your Church to Action, A House Divided (co-authored with Bob Whitesel), and Discover Your Windows: Lining Up With God’s Vision, all published by Abingdon Press.

Kent is a feature columnist for Rev. magazine. He also has written the cover article for the January/February 2003 issue of Rev. magazine, “Your Church Has Ten Windows: Where Are You Looking?” This magazine was distributed at the February Promise Keepers Pastors and Leaders Conference in Phoenix. Kent is also featured in the March/April 2003 issue of Your Church magazine in an article that evaluates church consultation ministries.

Kent is a frequent conference speaker. He has spoken at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, Joy Leadership Center, Break Forth Canada, the Robert H. Schuller Institute for Successful Church Leadership, and numerous pastors conferences. He has addressed groups on six continents. His wit and humor and love for the church, pastors, and leadership come through in his presentations. John Maxwell calls Kent the nation’s authority on church vitality.

Kent says his reason for being on this earth is to help Christians and churches become more effective for the Great Commission, to make disciples of all peoples. He recognizes that America is the third largest mission field in the world (behind China and India) and has a heart for pastors who, in his perception, have the toughest career of anyone in the country. His passion is to come alongside pastors and church leaders to provide encouragement, direction, and focus, and to turn challenges into opportunities for mission through the local church. For more information, visit his Web site at

Kent lives on a certified tree farm in northeast Indiana with his wife, Janet, and their two children, Laura and Jon.

Posted June 2003

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