About the Campolo Fellows Program

The Campolo Center for Ministry at Eastern University seeks to identify, recruit, financially support, and mentor students – Campolo Scholars – who demonstrate the calling, giftedness, and commitment to vocational Christian service in a church or church-based ministry. Tony and Peggy Campolo, each distinguished Eastern alumni, have dedicated their lives to faithfully bearing witness to the Good News of the Gospel in their private and public lives. Campolo Scholars are expected to continue their legacy during and after their tenure at Eastern.

It is the vision of Tony and Peggy and priority of the Campolo Center to encourage, inspire and mentor the Campolo Scholars during their formative years at Eastern and Palmer Theological Seminary. The Campolo Fellows Lecture Series was launched to introduce students to faith- and thought-leaders influenced and inspired by the Campolos, who share their vision for a holistic gospel that combines a personal commitment to Jesus and the pursuit of social justice. These leading communicators and practitioners of the faith engage the Eastern community in public forums and contribute to the intellectual and spiritual formation of the Campolo Scholars and all Eastern and Palmer students. The 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Campolo Fellows Lectures have been underwritten by generous grants from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Family Foundation.

Meet the 2018-2019 Visiting Campolo Fellows

Rev. Dr. George Mason | April 24-26, 2019

Dr. Mason is a public theologian and senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. He is a nationally recognized leader among Baptists, serving the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, New Baptist Covenant, Duke Divinity School, along with other local and global ecumenical and interfaith endeavors. Dr. Mason’s books include Preparing Pastors We Need: Reclaiming the Congregation’s Role in Training Clergy. One of his passions is encouraging those whom God has called into vocational ministry.

His Wednesday, April 24th at 10am chapel sermon, The Quintessence of a Christian or Why We Have To Stop Defending Things Jesus Would Condemn, will be streamed live here and his Friday, April 26th at 10am lecture,  Christians without Borders: Toward a Trespassing Church, will be posted online as soon as it is available.  SERMON | LECTURE

Amanda Tyler, JD | March 21-22, 2019

Ms. Tyler is Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government.

Her lecture, The Good, the Bad and the Complicated Realities of the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses, can be viewed here: LECTURE

Rev. Cean R. James | January 30-February 1, 2019

Rev. James is Founder and Pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, United Church of Christ (UCC) and Associate Conference Minister of Congregational Development Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, UCC.

Cean’s chapel sermon, Whose Side is God On?, and his lecture, Christianity Unboxed, exploring the contours and challenges of dogmatic and tribal features of Modern American Christianity can be viewed here: SERMON | LECTURE


Rev. Dr. Amy Butler | November 7-9, 2018

Dr. Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the historic Riverside Church in New York City. She has earned degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Amy’s inspiring chapel sermon, Fear, Forgiveness and Faith and her lecture Preaching the Gospel when the World is Falling Apart can be viewed here: SERMON | LECTURE

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis | October 24-26, 2018

Dr. Lewis is the first African American and first woman to serve as Senior Pastor of the historic Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. She is the co-founder of the Middle Projects, which works for racial reconciliation, an Auburn Senior Fellow and author of The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation.

Jacqui’s thought-provoking chapel sermon exploring if Jesus made a mistake and her lecture, The Pentecost Paradigm: What the Church Must do to Dismantle Racism can be viewed here: SERMON | LECTURE

Rev. Dr. Curtis Freeman | September 13-14, 2018

Dr. Freeman is a research professor of theology and Baptist studies at Duke Divinity School, director of the Baptist House of Studies, and author of Undomesticated Dissent: Democracy and the Public Virtue of Religious Nonconformity.

His lecture, The Dys-eased Conscious of American Evangelism, which has been published in American Baptist Quarterly, can be viewed here: LECTURE.