December 5: Rev. Gene Hunt [1939-2019]

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”—Psalm 116:15

On December 4, 2015 our post was titled “Founding Fathers Gone to Their Reward.” We began that post by stating:

In years past we have written several times on this date of the founding of the PCA. There were 223 pastors present at the founding of the denomination in 1973, first named the National Presbyterian Church. A year later the young denomination took its permanent name, the Presbyterian Church in America. By the grace of God, the majority of these 223 founding fathers are still with us, and many of them still labor in pulpit ministry. Sadly, some sixty of them have passed away. And we would not overlook the role played by those founding fathers were were ruling elders, though regrettably, their names are not so easily gathered. All these took their stand for the Scriptures, the Reformed faith, and the great Commission. As the Lord enabled them, so we praise Him for how He worked through them.

Several years later that list of the PCA’s founding fathers who have now died, must sadly be updated. Most recent comes the news of the passing yesterday, December 3, 2019, of the Rev. Gene Hunt, husband of Susan Hunt. 

Richard Eugene Hunt was born on March 9, 1939 in Columbus, GA. Graduating from the University of Georgia in 1962, he prepared for the ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary and upon graduation was ordained and installed as pastor of the McDowell Presbyterian Church in Greeleyville, SC, 1965-1968.

From 1972 to 1976 he labored as pastor of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro, GA, and it was during that pastorate that Rev. Hunt became one of the founding fathers of the Presbyterian Church in America, leading his church into the PCA. He went on to plant the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, GA (org. 1977) and later served as associate pastor at the Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, GA, 1989-2008. Rev. Hunt was honorably retired in 2008.

I know that you will want to remember Susan Hunt and the Hunt family in your prayers, that they will know the Lord’s comfort and strength in this time.

And with a bit of Web searching, we located a video of Rev. Hunt preaching on the doctrine of the covenant of grace, and would like to leave you today with this:—

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