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Kenton Hunt

PA/SJ Director of Disaster Relief

Kenton Hunt, former associate pastor (1989-2001) and pastor (2001-2015) at First Southern Baptist Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has served as the PA/SJ Director of Disaster Relief since Jan. 1, 2016. Prior to his leadership role, he served as a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer since 1996.

He previously served as Disaster Relief Coordinator of the Northeast PA Baptist Association; Recovery Coordinator of the Baptist Convention of PA/SJ; and President of North Central (PA) VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster), a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

He also vice chaired the Lycoming County Long Term Flood Recovery Committee; and is a member of the Pennsylvania Feeding Taskforce and the New Jersey Mass Feeding Taskforce; the Recovery Committee and the Manual Revision Committee of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR), and chair of the Online Training Work Group for SBDR. He currently is Vice President of PA VOAD.

Kenton holds a Master of Divinity degree in church music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Shorter College, Rome, Georgia.

Kenton is the recipient of the 2014 National Distinguished Service Award of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

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Kenton Hunt, former pastor at First Southern Baptist Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has served as the PA/SJ Director of Disaster Relief since Jan. 2016. Before then, he served as a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer since 1996. Kenton has been active in the Lycoming County Long Term Flood Recovery Committee; the Pennsylvania Feeding Taskforce and the New Jersey Mass Feeding Taskforce; the Recovery Committee and the Manual Revision Committee of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR), PA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Kenton holds a Master of Divinity degree in church music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Shorter College, Rome, Georgia.

What are the benefits you hope our churches will receive as a result of your work/role at the BRN?

Disaster relief is a powerful, relevant, timely ministry that helps churches be connected in their local communities. It is also a brilliant demonstration of what Southern Baptist Churches do together. Churches involved with Disaster Relief have a greater understanding of missional engagement, intentional discipleship, and leadership development.

A Few Fun Facts about Kenton

PASSION

Kenton is moved to tears when he hears stories of churches and individual believers making disciples as they boldly step forward to meet human need in Jesus’ name.

HERO

Kenton’s biblical hero is Joseph because of his boldness, ethics, and perseverance.  His modern-day hero is Louie Zamperini.

HOBBIES

Kenton likes to read, hike, and try to keep up with his kids and granddaughter.

HASHTAG

His hashtag would be #bebrave.

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