Meet the Campolo Scholars

We’re excited to welcome back five returning Campolo Scholars to the Campolo Center for Ministry (CCM) at Eastern University this fall.

We are also thrilled to announce that five new Campolo Scholars have joined the program. 

Our enrollment has now doubled and we have ten outstanding students demonstrating a calling, giftedness, and commitment to servant-leadership in a church or church-based ministry.

As the size of the cohort of Campolo Scholars has grown, so too has its diversity.  Students are from across the country and from different theological traditions and denominations. We’ve embraced “Unity in Jesus” as our theme for the year as we seek to learn from one another. 

Throughout the year, you’ll get to know each of the Campolo Scholars, through our newsletters, events, and the forthcoming Meet the Scholars series.  I invite you to pray for each Scholar and to support the education, training and spiritual formation of these servant-leaders.

To get started, I’d like to share a little about each of our new scholars:

Ally Bartlett joins us from Galax, VA, is a junior majoring in Business and Biblical Studies and serves as the Coordinator of Young Adults at Hopewell United Methodist Church.


Angelo Soto is a freshman from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has a deep commitment to sharing the Good News of God’s love and advocating for those with disabilities and autism.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Hilary Horigan earned a degree in Social Work from Northwestern College in Iowa and is a first-year seminarian at Palmer Theological Seminary studying the Bible, Theology and Public Policy.                                                                                                                                                                      

Abi Fell-Dewalt is from Pine City, New York and is currently studying abroad in Costa Rica to master the Spanish language, the place in which she will serve as a missionary upon graduation.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Jon Galdames-Henry is a senior from northern Virginia, majoring in Youth Ministry and plans to live in Philadelphia and work in urban ministry serving and partnering with the marginalized.                                                                                                                                                                              

Emily Pastin is a double major in Business and Dance, serves in the Salvation Army and has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with children and teens through the performing arts.                                                                                    

James Williams is in his final year at Palmer Theological Seminary, an Associate Minister at The Green Church in Glen Mills, PA and serves at International Ministries – the global-mission arm of American Baptist Churches, USA.

Lenise Morales is a young worship leader from Philadelphia and a senior majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies. She is a singer-songwriter and will continue to bring hope to those who hear her music.                                                    

Michelle Miles is a senior majoring in Youth Ministry, served as a summer intern with Broad Street Ministries, an inner-city faith community that serves the homeless, and will work in urban ministry upon graduation.

Will Abbott is a senior majoring in Theology and Biblical Studies, spent the summer serving with his church at an orphanage in Mexico and leads weekly Bible studies with teens at two local high schools.

These new Campolo Scholars are now in a dynamic Christian community at Eastern University – a place with a long history of cultivating graduates who have impacted the Church and the world through their faithful service and courageous leadership.

Our co-founder and visionary leader, Tony Campolo, was part of the first class to graduate from what was then Eastern Baptist College. 

Tony has dedicated nearly six decades to educating, inspiring, mentoring and challenging scores of students to deepen their walk with the Lord and to put their faith into action throughout the world as followers of Jesus.

We thank God for how He has blessed the work of CCM. We are also very grateful for you and we are praying for you – Thanks so much for your generous support!

With gratitude,
Robert Gauthier
Executive Director

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  1. Larry LeFeber on October 31, 2018 at 3:07 am

    I am now retired from full-time ministry with the American Baptist Churches in the USA for 41 years. That was made possible through the Grace of God in Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. Also by having been a member of the Young Adult Group led by Tony Campolo at the Upper Merion Baptist Church. Tony was and will forever remain one of the supreme inspirations for my life and ministry. He gave me encouragement as well as courage to walk with the Lord and never turn back. You students are SO blessed to now have this Man of God in your life. I love you, Tony! God’s Peace for every moment. I keep you and your students in my prayers.

    • Robert Gauthier on October 31, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you for your encouraging and affirming message, which we’ll share with Tony and the Campolo Scholars. If you’re able, please join Tony and the Campolo Scholars next week, November 7-9, for the Campolo Fellows Lecture Series with Rev. Dr. Amy Butler. The itinerary is listed under events. Blessings on you.

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