John Gaunt Hunter

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John Gaunt Hunter was ordained in 1951 to serve on the staff of Bradford Cathedral. He worked in a variety of different settings, including an inner-city parish, a housing estate, clergy training and in a theological college in Uganda. Returning to the UK he was asked to oversee Lay and in-service Clergy Training, before being appointed Canon Missioner for Liverpool. His responsibilities also included ministering to a small parish of agrarian farmers, which gave him new insights into rural ministry.

The Archbishop of York invited him to act as secretary to the ecumenical Province-wide mission “Call to the North”. Then followed the Rectorship of a large prosperous multi-church London suburban parish. This enabled him to learn how to meet the particular needs of ministry to a professional and well-to-do parish.

John Hunter is married to Sheila, a retired academic, and they have two adult children and three grandchildren. In retirement he obtained a Masters in Political Theology, an M.A. in Local and Regional History and an M.Phil researching the cultural meanings of church and churchyard memorial inscriptions.

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