Peggy Campolo has advocated publicly for justice for her gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers since 1994. A graduate of Eastern University, she has spoken at churches, universities and conferences throughout the United States, and is a strong proponent for the full inclusion of GLBT people within the church.
She has participated in protests with Soulforce, served on the Council of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and supports PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Evangelicals Concerned. Peggy belongs to Central Baptist Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania which is duly aligned with American Baptist Churches USA and The Alliance of Baptists.
Her own story of how coming to know Christ led her to stand up for those children of God who happen not to be straight is a chapter in Homosexuality and Christian Faith – Questions of Conscience for the Churches, edited by Walter Wink (1999). Her essay on justice for nontraditional families appears in The Justice Project, edited by Brian McLaren (2009).
Peggy and her husband, Tony, live in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two children and have four grandchildren.
PEGGY CAMPOLO’S MISSION STATEMENT
My commitment is to live out the values of the Kingdom of God on earth. I am an advocate for justice for God’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children, not in spite of the fact that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, but because of it.
I believe in traditional family values, including the rights and responsibilities of marriage for all God’s children, not just those who happen to be straight.
I want to let my GLBT brothers and sisters know that God loves them just as they are, and am committed to telling their stories to those who do not understand them, be those people their classmates, their teachers, their parents, their churches, their pastors or their representatives In government. This is the Kingdom work God has given me to do, and doing it brings me great joy and peace.
(This biographical statement provided by Peggy Campolo.)
Biography Date: March, 2017
American Baptist/USA | White, Mel | Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (formerly American Baptists Concerned) | Soulforce | Activist (church change) | Ally | Author/editor