One of Central Florida’s most well-known pastors is leaving the pulpit to devote more time to helping homeless families.
In Joel Hunter’s three decades as senior pastor, Longwood-based Northland Church has grown into mega-church with additional locations in Oviedo and Lake County totaling 15,000 members.
“After 32 years of serving as your senior pastor at Northland, following 15 years as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, my call to the pastoral role in a church is fulfilled,” he wrote in an Aug. 3 blog post on the church website.
The announcement quickly caught the attention of the Orlando-area media.
“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,” Susan Jacobson reported today in an article in the Orlando Sentinel.
The Community Resource Network was launched in October 2016, according to its Facebook page.
Its mission is “to guide people toward restoring positive relationships and building social capital to bring about transformative change. We will walk alongside families and provide holistic support that meets both their tangible and relational needs.”
Family Renew Community congratulates the Hunters on their new chapter of ministry, and welcomes their continued work as allies in faith-inspired efforts to end family homelessness.
PHOTO CREDIT: Community Resource Network