Tony Campolo at NW Christian Univ. on Friday, Oct. 16

Press release courtesy NCU

The Northwest Christian University Department of campus ministries announces that world renowned speaker and author Tony Campolo will speak in the NCU chapel service on Friday, Oct. 16.

Campus Pastor Steve Poetzl said, "Tony Campolo is a world-class speaker. To have such a highly sought after and recognized speaker at NCU is a tremendous blessing. Tony doesn't usually have time to come to smaller schools because he is in such great demand, so it is an amazing thing to have a Christian speaker of this caliber on our campus."

Dr. Campolo is the Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern College and earned his Ph.D. from Temple University. Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo has worked to create, nurture and support programs for at-risk children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.

Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having been a guest on television programs like 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 also a highly respected and sought after guest on radio stations across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

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 (Regal), and July 2007, The God of Intimacy and Action (Jossey-Bass). 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.

Campolo will be speaking at NCU in conjunction with a partnership and financial assistance from Compassion International. Pastor Poetzl met the campus speaker coordinator for Compassion International at the annual Campus Pastor Conference in California this spring. Poetzl shared that a number of Northwest Christian University faculty members had challenged him to try and get Campolo on campus and after numerous emails and detail arrangements, Campolo accepted the invitation. "The bottom line," said Poetzl "is that God opened the door and gave us favor with both Compassion International and the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, and we are very excited for this opportunity."

Chapel will be moved to the Morse Event Center for the day, to accompany the expected throng of visitors for this special event. Chapel takes place from 11-11:50 am.

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