Reverend Larry E. Campbell
“There is no growth without challenge, and there is no challenge without change.” – Warren Wiersbe
The Reverend Larry E. Campbell serves as our Senior Pastor. Before assuming the pastorate of FAME, Pasadena he served as the Senior Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino for over eight years. He is also noted as the founding Pastor of Grace A.M.E. Church in Temecula, CA where he served for over six years. Reverend Campbell is a native of Jacksonboro, South Carolina.
Pastor Campbell enjoys a blessed marriage to Melinda G. Campbell, a talented woman in her own right; they have been married for over 28 years. They are especially proud of their beloved son, Terrence Lamar Campbell, a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College and now serve as an editor at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO.
As an ordained Itinerant Elder in the A.M.E. Church, Pastor Campbell has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources from National University. He completed his Masters of Divinity Degree at Azusa Pacific University (Haggard School of Theology) in Azusa, CA. Pastor Campbell is presently attending United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH) in pursuit of a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in Leading Church and Community Renewal.
Pastor Campbell strongly believes that TEACHING plus PREACHING equals HEALING. He is committed to saving souls, spreading the good news of the gospel through the preached word, and administering to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of God’s
people. To God be the Glory!
Our theme scripture is in Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (NIV). This scripture provides three sound biblical core principles for our Spiritual Vision this conference year.
1. Pursue harmony and be helpful. The phrase “make every effort” means “to follow or press hard after or pursue with earnestness and
diligence in order to obtain an objective…like a runner in a race exerting with every fiber within him to reach the goal.” Like a runner preparing for an athletic event, we must train ourselves to reach our goal becoming better equipped so that we can have a platform to love each other, evangelize and make disciples of Jesus Christ.
2. Become Peacemakers. The word “peace” means to “join or bind together that which has been separated.” Dietrich Bon hoeffer once said: “The followers of Jesus have been called to peace. When He called them they found their peace, for He is their peace. But now they are told that they must not only have peace but make it.” Pursuing peace is not always easy; it takes great effort to extinguish animosity. The Greek word for “pursuing peace” is listed here in the present tense which means we must go after this all the time, daily, minute-by-minute, as a lifestyle. One
paraphrase puts it like this: “So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other.” Jesus reminds us in his sermon on the Mount “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). I find it interesting that Jesus didn’t tell us to be “peacekeepers,” but instead “peacemakers.” This could be translated as “peace workers.” It takes effort to bring conflict to an end. When we work at resolving conflict we are doing what God does. We can’t be passive about peace; it must be pursued.
3. Edify One Another. The word “edification” is a construction term that was used to describe a building going up brick by brick or the process of making a structure stronger to improve its usefulness and extend its longevity. Our building bricks is the principle of “brotherly love”. If we love each other, we will seek to edify each other and build each other up in faith. When we let love limit our liberty and begin to care for others as Christ does, then we will pursue peace and look for ways to edify everyone we can. It is good that Paul includes himself in this by using the word “us.” This shows that these words are for every one of us, me included.
Therefore, let us pursue our Annual Theme by intentionally building healthy relationships with our Heavenly Father (Upward), our Church Family (Inward), and our Local Communities (Outward).
“A church’s most valuable asset is it’s members” – Reverend Larry E Campbell