Tony Campolo to Speak at WWU

Black History Month celebrations start with Campolo on Feb. 1

By: Becky St. Clair

On February 1, world-renowned Christian author and speaker Tony Campolo will kick off WWU’s Black History Celebration Weekend with a vespers program on the WWU campus.

Campolo earned his doctorate from Temple University, served for ten years as faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Penn.

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

A media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, Campolo has been a guest on television programs such as “Nightline,” “Politically Incorrect,” “Larry King Live,” and “CNN News.”

Campolo has co-hosted his own television series, “Hashing it Out,” and currently hosts “Across the Pond,” a weekly program on the Premier Christian Radio Network in England. Campolo is also a highly respected and sought-after guest on radio stations across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Titles of Campolo's 34 books include, “Letters to a Young Evangelical,” “Adventures in Missing the Point,” “and “Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God.” His latest release was in July 2007, and was entitled, “The God of Intimacy and Action.”

An ordained minister, Campolo has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Penn., 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.

WWU’s Black History Celebration Weekend vespers service featuring Tony Campolo will begin at 7:30 p.m. on February 1 in the University Church. This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact the WWU Spiritual Life Center at 509-527-2010.

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