Rev. Hunt honored by congregation

| January 7, 2016

COSHOCTON – The congregation of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) honored Rev. Philip Hunt on Jan. 4 for his 20 years of service as pastor to the congregation. A plaque and a gift were given to Rev. Hunt as well as a reception following worship.

Rev. Hunt started pasturing the church on Jan. 1, 1996 and was installed as pastor on Jan. 7, 1996. He and his wife Rolanda and sons Greg and Tim came to Coshocton after serving 10 ½ years in Bellaire and five years in Lisbon. Philip is a graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and the University of Mount Union.

When Rev. Hunt came it was his goal to reach out into the community. He has served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Coshocton Ministerial Fellowship and served as the secretary and treasurer of the River View Ministerial Association. The congregation of Central Christian reaches out to the community through the Free Community Dinner program, food donations to the Salvation Army Food Pantry and through a shared ministry called Caring Essentially, which provides personal care and taxable items to the community. Rev. Hunt has served as a volunteer chaplain and substitute chaplain for 20 years at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. He was instrumental in organizing the annual Ring the Bells for Habitat concert, which raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Coshocton County. Most recently, the congregation, along with Emmanuel Lutheran, reached out to the workers of West Rock with prayer squares. Rev. Hunt works with a team of other pastors to provide programming for the Coshocton County Lenten Luncheons.

Rev Hunt believes that it is important to work ecumenically with other churches. After years of working together in different ways, Central Christian Church welcomed its brothers and sisters in Christ from the St. Johns United Church of Christ after they closed their ministry at Orange and Eighth streets. The two congregations worship and work together. It is a good match. Rev. Hunt is thankful for all of the pastors in the county that he has come to know and work with over the past 20 years.

Rev Hunt also is involved denominationally. He presently serves on the Spiritual Life Committee and the Men’s Commission for the Christian Church in Ohio. His wife, Rolanda is the education manager at Historic Roscoe Village. Their son, Greg (Megan), has a managerial position with Ollie’s in Newark and their son, Tim (Ashley), is an RN at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark.

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