Rev. Brian D. Hunter – Senior Pastor
Practical, thought provoking, relevant, and even humorous describe the ministry of Rev. Brian D. Hunter.
Though many would describe his personal persona as quiet and reserve, he catches “fire” as he operates in his area of gifting and passion. For over 25 years Hunter has devoted his life to empowering and equipping people to thrive.
Born and raised in Long Beach California. Hunter is proud to be apart of a rich spiritual legacy. Hunter carries the mantle of being a third generation preacher in his family. His grandfather the late Supt. Lavell Thompson, and father the late Elder Howard Earl Hunter both were instrumental in Hunter’s spiritual development.
Hunter began preaching and was licensed at the True Worshippers of God Baptist Church in Gardena, California under the leadership of Pastor Willie L. Radcliff in 1989.
Having a desire to serve, Hunter has served and equipped the body of Christ in several capacities. He served two years as the President of the California State Baptist Youth Convention, which is the largest youth convention in the state of California. As President, Hunter was responsible for developing and overseeing the spiritual and educational programs for young people in over 80 churches. He served five years as the Youth Minister of the Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. M.T. Thompson, where he was also ordained in 1995.
Though Hunter has a diverse gift mix, teaching is one of his dominant gifts. Hunter has used this gift to teach elementary students and equip seminary students alike. For five years Hunter held a teaching post at the Sacramento Bible College and Seminary – Stockton Extension, where he also received Teacher of the Year honors four years running. Hunter has also been an instructor at Vision University International and Oakland Bible College, where he taught subjects such as Christian Ethics, Homiletics, and Contemporary Apologetics. He continues to be sought after for conferences and seminars.
In August of 1999 at the tender age of 29 he was called to pastor the historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in the city of Oakland, Ca. He served there faithfully for seven fruitful years. In 2007 he was called to the Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he currently serves with joy. Pastor Hunter and the Berkeley Mt. Zion family believe that God has called them as pastor and people to Empower the people of God through ministry that goes beyond Sunday Morning.
Hunter has attended Biola University and received his Bachelor of Theology from Sacramento Bible College and Seminary. He continues to be mentored and equipped by some of the best mentors the body of Christ has to offer.
Pastor Hunter’s ministry has been highlighted in the Oakland Tribune, Berkeley Tri-City Post, Oakland Post, Urban View, as well as National Public Radio. He has been the subject of two film documentaries: “The Reverend and the Loft King” and “Nehemiah” and is also the proud author of “Illustrations that Connect”.
He is the proud father of three children Imanni, Imarra, and Imannul. Hunter’s goal is to give birth to every creative thought that God has breathed into him before the Lord calls him home.