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Tony Campolo challenges ACU students to service

For immediate release
Jan. 13, 2003

Dr. Tony Campolo, well-known Christian sociologist, media commentator, speaker and author, challenged Abilene Christian University students to a life of service in the first Chapel service of the spring semester Monday.

"You say 'I want to be a doctor; I want to be a lawyer; I want to be a teacher.' I am telling you that you will be a different kind of doctor, a different kind of lawyer, a different kind of teacher, if you allow Jesus to transform you through service to Him, where he waits for you, among the poor and oppressed," Campolo said.

Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern College in St. Davids, Penn. He previously served for 10 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern College and earned a Ph.D. from Temple University. He is also founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, and he has worked to create and support programs for at-risk children in cities across the nation and has helped establish schools and universities in developing countries.

Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political issues, having appeared on programs including Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, and CNN News. He is the author of 28 books, including "Revolution and Renewal: How Churches Are Saving Our Cities" and "Let me Tell You a Story: Life Lessons From Unexpected Places and Unlikely People."

At the spring faculty pre-session Sunday night, Campolo spoke to faculty on the subject of service and love.

"Given ACU's commitment to Christian service and our focus on service-learning, we decided there was no one better to speak about that than Tony Campolo," said Dr. Paul Lakey, professor of communication and chair of the faculty development committee. "It really fits with our mission to change the world."

Spring semester classes began Monday at ACU. Late registration continues through Friday in the Welcome Center.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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