‘Prophetic’ Speaker Coming to EMU

A widely-sought-after speaker known for his outspoken, prophetic views on social, religious and political issues, will give two addresses at EMU.

Tony Campolo visits EMU
Dr. Campolo, professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., is the author of more than 30 books.

Tony Campolo will speak 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, on “Reaching a New Generation in a Rapidly Changing American Culture” and will issue “A Christian Call to Care for Creation” 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, as part of a year-long “Sustainability” chapel series.

Both presentations, in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium, are open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. He previously served 10 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

Campolo is founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), where he works to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America. He has also helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.

He is a frequent 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 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 the author of 34 books, his most recent released in July 2007, “The God of Intimacy and Action” and “Letters to a Young Evangelical” (Basic Books) in November, 2006. Other titles include “Speaking My Mind,” “Adventures in Missing the Point cCo-authored by Brian McLaren, Zondervan); “The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus” (co-authored by Will Willimon, Howard), and “Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God” (W Publishing Group).

Campolo is a graduate of Eastern College and earned a PhD from Temple University. 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 and his wife, Peggy, live in the Philadelphia area and have two grown children and four grandchildren.

It’s an honor to host Tony Campolo at EMU this fall,” said campus pastor Brian Martin Burkholder. “His writings and teachings have long challenged and inspired Christians and leaders of the church. We’re confident that our current generation of students will also find him to be both radical, in some ways, and relevant in connecting the Christian faith to the great needs of contemporary culture.”