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Christopher Duffley at Northland Church, FL

Published Aug 3, 2017

Joel Hunter has been one of Central Florida’s foremost religious leaders, synonymous for more than three decades with Longwood’s evangelical megachurch Northland, A Church Distributed.

But within the next couple of months, Hunter, 69, plans to step down from the calling he once thought he would devote the rest of his life to and start a new ministry for the poor and homeless.

Hunter, who gained national fame when he delivered a prayer at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and joined a religious advisory council to President Barack Obama, said:

“It’s time to move from interpreting what Jesus preached to emulating the life he lived.”

“I’ve always had a heart for equality and making sure everyone is respected and has their due,” he said. “At this point, it needs to happen beyond what the institutional church can do.”

Already chairman of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Hunter will add the position of board chairman of the new Community Resource Network to his resume. He and his wife, Becky, will work with Central Florida churches and other religious organizations to help homeless families and those on the brink.

Orlando attorney John Morgan, best known for his firm’s commercials and for bankrolling the successful push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and his wife, Ultima, are donating $1 million to the Community Resource Network.

“There is a sweetness and a gentleness in Joel Hunter that makes him more Christlike than some of the phony baloneys [preachers] that I see on TV,” Morgan said. “I just believe that there’s people that talk the talk and there’s people who walk the walk, and Joel Hunter is the latter to me. Obviously, we believe in the mission. But it’s as important to believe in the missionary.”