Dr. Joel Hunter
Biography & Resources


Dr. Joel Hunter is the Founder of The Alliance for the Distributed Church. He is working to bring the church into the future as a connection point for global Christian leaders, and to expand the agenda of the Christian right to include such issues as reducing poverty and fighting global warming. In November 2006 he stepped down as President elect from the Christian Coalition because the group did not want to broaden its agenda beyond hot-button social issues.

Dr. Hunter received his Bachelor of Science in education (history and government) from Ohio University, and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in culture and personality from Christian Theological Seminary. In 2005, Belhaven College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities. He is the author of "The Journey to Spiritual Maturity" series and "Right Wing, Wrong Bird", in which he argues that large numbers of conservative Christians feel misrepresented by the Christian right's narrow focus on moral issues to the exclusion of broader economic, environmental, and social concerns.

selected books

Right Wing, Wrong Bird
Distributed Church Press; First edition (June 30, 2020)
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selected articles

Pastor Chosen to Lead Christian Coalition Steps Down in Dispute Over Agenda
The New York Times (November 28, 2020)

articles & interviews

Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

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