Robert Hunt was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1955. After attending school in Austin and Richardson, he majored in History at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) he served as associate pastor of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. In 1985 he and his wife Lilian moved to Kuala Lumpur, where he taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. He received a PhD from the University of Malaya in 1993, focusing on Christian relations with Muslims in Southeast Asia. From 1993 to 1997 he taught at the Trinity Theological College. From 1997 to 2004 he was pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and an adjunct professor in Comparative Religions and International Relations at Webster University in Vienna. Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education and Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where he teaches courses in World Religions, Islam, Interreligious Dialogue, Cultural Intelligence, and Mission Studies. Dr. Hunt is author of several books, including The Gospel Among the Nations, A Documentary History of Inculturation, Islam in Southeast Asia, and Muslim Ideals: Promise or Threat.
Dr. Hunt is a certified Cultural Intelligence trainer, Associate of the Tower Center for Political Science, and member of the Board of Scholars of the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue, the Executive Board of the Association of Professors in Mission, the American Society of Missiology, and editor of the ASM book series. He is also on the steering committees and faculty for the SMU Doctor of Liberal Studies and Master of Liberal Studies programs.
He has been married for 37 years to Lilian Wong Hunt, a native of Sarawak, Malaysia and has two grown children. Naomi lives with her husband and daughters in Austria and Elliott lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
He speaks Malay and German.
“The focus of my professional life, as a teacher and pastor, has been interpretation: helping people understand one another, their history, different cultures and religions, and themselves. I believe that every person, culture, and society has something valuable to offer to others, and that we discover this through critical and appreciative study, open dialogue, and a willingness to learn.”