Michael Asbury Hunt, a native of Baltimore, Maryland is a graduate of the “great”
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and completed his undergraduate degree at the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Meyerhoff Scholar and McNair Scholar majoring in Applied Mathematics. Rev. Hunt received his Master of Divinity as a Garrett Simms Scholar from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In August 2004, Rev. Hunt answered the call GOD placed on his life, and in June 2009, was officially ordained into gospel ministry.
Rev. Mike’s ministry has had him serving as a university/college administrator, middle & high school math instructor, musical vocalist and director, as well as a social justice educator, shaping the lives of the leaders of today. He continues serving his community as a Math Instructor for UMBC’s Upward Bound Program, GRE Math Specialist for the Ronald McNair Scholars Program at UMBC, and a support educator for the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore, MD. He was recently appointed as the Interim Assistant Director for the UMBC McNair Scholars Program, working to increase the enrollment in doctoral studies programs of underrepresented minorities, first generation, and low income students. Michael’s personal research interest seeks to bridge spirituality and STEM education by providing culturally nuanced resources for increasing self-esteem and incorporating spirituality in fostering math literacy.
In addition, Michael serves as Pastor for Leadership and Community Engagement at The Open Church of Maryland, a community in Arbutus that seeks to glorify God and edify the world through radically inclusive love, courageous social justice activism, and compassionate interfaith collaboration. Rev. Hunt trusts fully in the Divine’s work in and throughout the world, thus, as a dedicated community leader, Michael serves a board member of the 40 West Assistant and Referral Center and The Faith Communities of Baltimore With Pride. He lives by the writer’s words, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.” Yes, Michael believes while doing the Divine’s work on earth you will have fun; thus, he loves to sing, cook, play poker, and beat folks in spades!
What leadership responsibilities do you hold within the TOC community?
Pastor for Leadership and Community Engagement
What favorite quote/motto do you live by?
“If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”
Why The Open Church for you?
The mission and vision statements initially drew me to TOC. There is an overwhelming presence of love within the TOC community. In addition, Dr. Braxton is not only a colleague, but a mentor and friend. I am thrilled to be part of a community that is purposefully seeking to build God’s kin-dom on earth.
What gifts have you brought to this community?
I have deep passion and commitment to social justice and inspiring our youth as an educator. Finding ways to empower our members to take on the vision and mission of TOC with a yes spirit.
In which ways has the TOC community aided in your personal/spiritual growth?
Being part of community that questions, challenges, and grows together has been phenomenal. As a pastor it has been great to be with a congregation who allows you to be authentically you as you grow with each other.