The longtime pastor of New Hope Evangelical Free Church and the New Hope Women’s Shelter in Solon has died.

The Rev. Timothy P. Hunt died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 4, according to his obituary.

Pastor Tim, as he was known, was born in Island Falls, Maine, on Sept. 29, 1949. He was living in Cornville when he passed.

He graduated from Glen Cove Christian Academy and continued his education at Glen Cove Bible College, both on the state’s mid-coast, graduating on May 30, 1970.

Hunt served as pastor of a number of central Maine churches, including South Newburgh Chapel, Canaan Calvary Church, East Benton Christian Church, and most recently New Hope Evangelical Free Church in Solon since January 2005.

“It is with great sadness in sharing this news, and joy at the same time for him, that our beloved Pastor Tim Hunt, has passed into the arms of His Lord and Savior Jesus,” the shelter posted on its Facebook page. “Pastor Tim was not only the church pastor but the president of our shelter board. It appears that he may have had a heart attack at his home where he passed away.

“Please pray for his dear family, and our family at New Hope Evangelical Free Church in Solon, as well as at the New Hope Shelter because he was near and dear to the women’s hearts as he did a weekly Bible study with them. We rejoice for him, as he is now seeing his Savior face to face … and we shall be waiting for what God directs of us next.”

Contacted briefly by phone Tuesday, Hunt’s wife, Pat, said she was doing OK despite her loss.

“He had a big impact on the women at the shelter,” she said.

The shelter’s mission is to serve the homeless and reach out to women where they are, and in practical ways extend God’s love and hope for the future through a personal relationship with Christ, according to the shelter’s mission statement. The New Hope Shelter opened in January 2010 in Solon, with the purpose of providing shelter to rural homeless women and children living in Somerset County. Somerset County is the second poorest county in Maine.

A celebration of life honoring Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Evangelical Free Church, South Main Street, Solon.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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