Dean in the D

– Thoughts, Musings, Observations, and Questions on Faith, Church, and Everyday Stuff – by Scott Hunter, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, Michigan USA

Who is this Guy?

Scott came to the Cathedral as their 10th Dean and 17th Rector in April 2007, having served just prior as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Michigan. Summer 2014 he was on sabbatical, with part of that time including study at Oxford University an Oxford Foundation Fellow under the auspices of the Graduate Theological Foundation. hunter 9041

Born in Greenville, SC, Dean Hunter was educated at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (Bachelor of Science cum laude with a major in Economics and minor in Biology); at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL (Masters of Divinity); and at the College of Preachers of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. He completed his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation (South Bend/Oxford/Rome) focusing on leadership and spirituality. Ordained deacon in 1988 and priest in 1989, Dean Hunter served parishes in South and North Carolina, in Illinois and in West Virginia, prior to coming to the Diocese of Michigan.

In addition to his roles as pastor, priest and teacher, responsibilities as Dean of the Cathedral include chairing the Cathedral Foundation Board & Community Services board, and serving on the Cathedral Chapter. The Cathedral Chapter oversees certain aspects of building and property ministry related to the Diocesan-Cathedral Center campus, also known as the Cathedral Close or Cathedral Green. The dean is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Crossroads of Michigan.

Additionally Dean Hunter is involved in several other leadership areas. He is a member of the Board of Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, and Midtown Detroit, Inc.  In the Diocese of Michigan he currently serves as a Trustee of the Diocese. He has worked locally with Mariners Inn. Nationally, he served on the board of directors of the Conference of Diocesan Executives and was a two-term president. He served on the founding board of The Nathan Network, a ministry of the church committed to a safer church environment for all people from 2001 to 2010. He was a founding board member and first president of the first recycling efforts in Buncombe County, NC.

He resides in Detroit with his wife and daughter.