About Dr. Allen Hunt
Allen is a nationally known speaker and author. In June 2011, he joined the Dynamic Catholic Institute to serve alongside Matthew Kelly as Vice-President for Strategy and Content.
On January 6, 2008, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Allen converted to Catholicism. This transition represented the culmination of a fifteen year journey in which God began leading Allen home to the Church. In many ways, this transition was effected by the prayers of a group of Dominican sisters at Our Lady of Grace in North Guilford, Connecticut, who have been praying for Allen since he shared lectures with them during the season of Lent in 1992. Much of his journey has been chronicled in his powerful, best-selling book, Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church. Allen also has authored Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody:11 Stories of Real People Who Discovered the Under-rated Power of Grace and Nine Words: A Bible Study to Help You Become the Best-Version-of-Yourself.
Allen stepped aside July 1, 2007, as Senior Pastor at Mount Pisgah, an evangelical Methodist congregation serving more than 15,000 persons each week through all of its ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia. While at Mount Pisgah, Allen helped to develop comprehensive ministries with children and students as well as a Christian school with over 1200 students; a Beacon of Hope pregnancy resource center; and the Summit Counseling Center. Mount Pisgah became known for its leadership in serving the poor and the forgotten in our culture through ministries with the homeless, those in crisis, and those in need. Mount Pisgah also multiplied its ministry impact with key dynamic ministry partners on each continent of the globe. This powerful combination of ministries made Mount Pisgah one of the largest Methodist congregations in the world. Under Allen’s leadership, Mount Pisgah more than doubled in size.
Prior to full-time ministry, Allen worked in management consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates, an international leader in the textile, apparel, and retail industries. Allen grew up in Brevard, North Carolina, and Lakeland, Florida. He was then educated at Mercer (B.B.A.) and Emory (M.Div.) Universities, before earning a Ph.D. in New Testament and Ancient Christian Origins from Yale University. He has taught and preached in Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, and non-denominational congregations, colleges, and seminaries. Allen now serves on the Board of Overseers at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, as well as on the Board of The College of St. Mary Magdalen in Warner, New Hampshire.
Allen and his wife, Anita, have two daughters, both of whom are now grown. Allen’s home parish is in Atlanta, Georgia.