6th Annual MLK Celebration Keynote

6th Annual MLK Celebration Keynote

Anthony C. Campbell

Pastor, Eliot Congregational Church

B.U. Bridge, 4 October 2002, Vol. VI, No. 6

Photo: Vernon Doucette

[Rev. Anthony C. Campbell, pastor of the Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury, MA,] was the son of celebrated Baptist minister Steven C. Campbell. The elder Campbell, a leader of the National Baptist Convention and pastor of historic Russell Street Baptist Church in Detroit, was known as "Dynamo," a nickname that could also have been applied to his son.

The young Campbell accompanied his father in travels across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, carrying the bags, as he liked to recall, and becoming fluent in Yiddish and Lithuanian. More significantly, he heard the greatest Baptist preachers in the world, a group he was later to join.

After attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Campbell graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and earned his graduate degree from Boston University, where at the time of his death he was a School of Theology professor of homiletics and a preacher-in-residence.

His reach was international. In addition to preaching at Westminster Abbey, he was a regular visiting preacher and scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, following in the steps of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. He preached in 27 countries on 4 continents.

Campbell's energies flowed over and through the secular world as well. At different times, he held positions with 3M, Union Carbide, and a variety of government agencies, including the Job Corps and the Massachusetts Office for Children.