Dr. Johnny M. Hunt was born July 17, 1952, in Lumberton, North Carolina. He is married to Janet Allen Hunt of Wilmington, North Carolina. They have two daughters: Deanna Hunt Carswell and Hollie Hunt Hixson. They also have three granddaughters: Hope Savannah Hixson, Addie Lee Hixson, Katie Hunter Carswell and one grandson, Carson John Carswell.
Dr. Hunt became pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, in December 1986. Dr. Hunt served as president of the Pastors’ Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1996. Dr. Hunt also served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention for the terms 2008–2009 and 2009–2010.