Much-requested Campolo returns to Chautauqua pulpit


Rev. Anthony Campolo

Mary Lee Talbot | Staff Writer

In 1978, the Rev. Anthony Campolo came to Chautauqua and spoke for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle on William Easum’s Sacred Cows make Gourmet Burgers. Since that time, he has returned to Chautauqua frequently to speak from various pulpits on the grounds. He returns as the Week Three chaplain beginning at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday-morning worship service. His sermon title is “An Emerging Church for a Post-Modern Era.” His Scripture is Matthew 6:25-30. He will speak about his faith journey at the 5 p.m. Sunday Vespers and at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Monday through Friday.

Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., and previously served for 10 years as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Eastern College (now Eastern University), he earned his doctorate from Temple University. Founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, he has worked to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America and has helped to establish schools and universities in several developing countries.

An ordained minister, he has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.

Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having been a guest on television programs such as “The Colbert Report,” “Nightline,” “Crossfire,” “Politically Incorrect,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Larry King Live,” “CNN Dayside,” CNN News and MSNBC News. He has co-hosted his own television series, “Hashing It Out,” on the Odyssey Network and presently hosts “Across the Pond,” a weekly program on the Premier Christian Radio Network in England. He is a highly respected and sought-after guest on radio stations not only across the United States but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Author of 35 books, Campolo’s latest releases are Red Letter Christians, a Citizen’s Guide to Faith & Politics, and The God of Intimacy and Action. He is one of Chautauqua’s most requested preachers.