Rev. Cordell E. Hunter, Sr., servant of God, was admitted to the Baltimore Annual Conference in 1976. Starting as an exhorter, he was ordained as a deacon in 1980 and ordained as an Elder in 1982. He pastored Shiloh A.M.E. 1980, assigned to the Worton Circuit consisting of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Worton, Md., and Holy Trinity, Edesville, Md. in April 1984, then was assigned to The Historic St. James A.M.E. Church, Havre de Grace, Md., in June 2004. His ministry encompassed church building and restoration, mortgage redemption, increased membership, community and political involvement, and financial empowerment. More importantly, through discipleship, innovative ministries and strategies many accepted Christ as their Savior.
Rev. Hunter was appointed to numerous positions and committees at the episcopal district and annual conference levels including Christian Education, Conference Adjustments Committee, Ministerial Orders, Presiding Elder’s Upkeep, Finance Committee, Director, Social, Political and Civic Action, Baltimore Conference and Vice Chairman, Second Episcopal District, Instructor – Board of Examiners, and Assistant Secretary and Chief Secretary, Baltimore Annual Conference for thirty–one years. In 2011, Wilberforce University, Greater Baltimore Alumni Association awarded Rev. Hunter the prestigious Daniel A. Payne Award for Church Leadership. At the 195th Session of the Baltimore Annual Conference, Pastor Hunter was elevated to the noble position as Presiding Elder and assigned to the Eastern District of the historical Baltimore Conference.
He inspired others by his commitment for social progress, political involvement, and community improvement and education opportunities. Rev. Hunter served as President, Kent County Branch (12 years), Vice-President, Maryland State Conference of Branches and Regional Chairman, District 7 of the N.A.A.C.P where he led a demonstration against the Klu Klux Klan, and an Advocate for equal right and human rights, fair employment opportunities, and a higher quality of living for all. He served as a Member, Diversity Committee – Washington College, Chester Valley Ministerial Association, Certified Registrar-Board of Elections, Harford County , designated by Harford County Government as a leader of the Faith Based Entities for Census 2010 and Commissioner, Havre de Grace Public Housing Agency, He serves as Volunteer Chaplain, Upper Chesapeake Health Facilities and Iota Alpha Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He was re-elected to the Harford County State Democratic Central Committee and appointed to a five year term as Trustee, Harford County Community College by Governor Martin O’Malley. He is also a member of the Harford County Branch N.A.A.C.P., Chaplain, 6th Masonic District (F&AM), Prince Hall Affiliate, 32nd degree. He was honored as a Past Master, Prince Hall Masons and was highlighted in Pride Magazine as MLK keynote speaker for the Tri-County Organization and Wicomico Branch N.A.A.C.P.
Rev. Hunter has been recognized for Community Service by the Department of Juvenile Services, Prince Hall Masons, Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Kent County Government, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Omega Psi Phi as Citizen of the Year, Havre de Grace Public Housing Agency and Harford County and Maryland State Branches of the N.A.A.C.P.
He received a Bachelor of Science Elementary Education, Master of Science Education Administration and Supervision, Morgan State University, Graduate Program Religious Education, St. Mary’s Seminary and Ecumenical Institute. Additional post graduate work has been done at Loyola College, Coppin State University, Goucher Institute, and completed requirements for the Doctoral Degree in Christian Education. He is a proud Life Member of Morgan State University Alumni Association.
After 33 years of service, Rev. Hunter retired as an Administrator of Anne Arundel County Public SchoolSchools. He is married to Joan Walker-Hunter and has two sons, Cordell, Jr., and Kenneth.
Let my focus remain “I Tried to Serve.”