Newsmaker: The Revs. James E. Hunt and Sheila Johnson Hunt
Newsworthy: Pittsburgh City Council honored the Hunts with a proclamation for more than 25 years of community service.
Family: Two adult sons, Julian E. Hunt and the Rev. Justin E. Hunt; one grandson Bradley Hunt, 1
Education: Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Johnson Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in counseling from Western Kentucky University, and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from Pitt. She earned a doctorate in urban ministries from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Occupation: Hunt is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Penn Hills; his wife is executive pastor. She also is a professor at the University of Phoenix in Pittsburgh.
Background: Hunt the is founder and board president of Western Penn Hills Community Action Inc., which has prepared more than 600 teenagers for work through a job readiness program. He has served on numerous boards of community organizations. Johnson Hunt headed the New Choices New Options program at Community College of Allegheny County, which assisted more than 1,500 women in crisis become self-sufficient. She developed curriculum for mentoring 13- to 18-year-old girls, and is nationally recognized for gospel recordings.
Quote: “We appreciate the ongoing recognition and support of our work and ministry in the community over the past 25 years. We look forward to continuing to unite with all community entities invested in building a vibrant and flourishing city for all people.”