Meet Tony Campolo

Dr. Anthony “Tony” Campolo is known for having a strong impact on audiences, giving messages that are peppered with challenging quotes. In one address he said, “When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this: When you die, will you be happy when everybody else is crying?” His speaking style is edgy and controversial. Some of his listeners find him inspiring, but others find him infuriating. A few conservative Christians have gone so far as to call him a heretic.

Campolo attended Eastern College in Pennsylvania, where he also served as a professor of Sociology and director of the Urban Studies department. He is now a Professor Emeritus at Eastern College. Before working at Eastern College, he spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He did his graduate work at Temple University. He is also the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization involved in creating educational, medical and economic development programs in America and various third world countries. His extensive speaking schedule keeps him constantly on the run. He makes over three-hundred addresses every year all over the globe.

He is the author of 35 books, with the latest releases in February 2008, Red Letter Christians, A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics, and July 2007, The God of Intimacy and Action. His other recent titles are Letters to a Young Evangelical, Speaking My Mind, Which Jesus, Everybody Wants to Change the World, Practical Ideas for Social Justice (Co-authored by Gordon Aeschliman), Adventures in Missing the Point (Co-authored by Brian McLaren), The Church Enslaved (Co-authored by Michael Battle), Let Me Tell You a Story: Life Lessons From Unexpected Places and Unlikely People, The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus (Co-authored by Will Willimon), Revolutions and Renewal, and Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God just to name a few.

Campolo has been thrust into the national spotlight for his role as an advisor to the President during the Clinton presidency. His meetings with the President have allowed him to bring the influence of the gospel to national social policy.

Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister, 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.

Dr. Campolo and his wife, Peggy, live in the Philadelphia area and have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Last updated August 2008.

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