Tony’s Final EAPE Newsletter & the Beginning of a New Era

This is my final newsletter for EAPE and I want to thank you specifically for the special part you’ve played in helping us to accomplish our mission. Because of God’s guidance and blessings and your generous and prayerful support we’re confident that the ministries EAPE has established are prepared to flourish as they serve God’s kingdom. Every prayer you’ve prayed, every gift you’ve given has helped us to strengthen and nurture 22 ministries to independence and sustainability. We couldn’t have done it without you and I’m eternally grateful for your help.

As I explained in earlier newsletters, when EAPE ceases to exist as a legal entity on June 30th my own ministry will, by no means, end.   I will continue my preaching ministry, speaking about 200 times a year. This is a cut back from speaking 300 times a year, which has been my schedule over the past several years, but it is certainly evidence that I’m not retiring.

In the foreseeable future I will spend a lot of time recruiting sponsors for needy children in Third World countries through the auspices of two Christian agencies, Compassion International and World Vision.   I will also be taking every opportunity to speak and do fundraising on behalf of the various EAPE related mission organizations. (Perhaps your church or some up-coming conference would like to have me as a speaker.)

The primary focus of what I will do, however, will be to develop the Campolo Center for Ministry. This center is being established to do two things:

1st – To recruit young men and women for ministry as pastors, missionaries, youth workers, evangelists and Christian education directors.

2nd – To raise financial support for scholarships for those who are willing to commit to such ministries.

More than 70% of those who graduate from seminaries and Bible colleges never end up doing the kind of ministries that they believe God has called them to do because of the huge financial debts incurred due to tuition expenses. What a waste!

The Campolo Center for Ministry will do all that’s possible to enable dedicated young people to graduate debt free and, therefore, to live out their calling without hesitation.

But, hopefully, our partnership is not over! You can help me in this endeavor by becoming contributors to The Campolo Center for Ministry.  Eastern University is providing me with free office space and secretarial help along with setting up a special fund to receive your gifts towards this program. If you believe in this endeavor you can send tax-deductible checks made payable to the Campolo Center for Ministry at Eastern University, P.O. Box 7238, St. Davids, PA 19087. You then will be investing in the lives of dedicated servants of God’s kingdomwork.   Robert Gauthier, who has worked with me for the last 9 years, will help me in this endeavor and serve as the Director of Development for this new initiative.

Finally, I want to stay connected to you and that can be done in the following ways:

1st – By keeping up with my speaking schedule. If you use a computer you can do that by logging on to Or you can write to me at Eastern University and ask for a monthly print out of where I’ll be speaking.

2nd – You can listen to my weekly radio show at

3rd – You can write to me.   I always personally answer letters.

I hope you do these things because I really meant it when I said that I need your prayerful support.

There are some tears running down my cheeks as I sign off on this last EAPE newsletter, but that time has come.   “May God be with you, ‘til we meet again.”


Tony Campolo

P.S. Over the years several of you have listed EAPE in your wills. Would you be willing to change the beneficiary from EAPE to The Campolo Center for Ministry? To say I would be grateful is a gigantic understatement.

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A New and Biblical Way to Extend a Call to Ministry


by Dr. Tony Campolo


We’re not doing it right! Some of the brightest and best young men and women fail to be called into church vocations. It’s no secret that churches grow or decline, depending on the preaching and leadership skills of their pastors. Yet we’re letting many of the best possible candidates slip away from us. That is largely because we are not following the Biblically prescribed way of calling young people into the ministries of our churches.

We’re reactive rather than being proactive. Typically, a church waits for some young person to present himself or herself to the pastor or a deacon or announce that he or she “feels a call.” There is little or no confirmation of such a subjective sense of calling, and hardly ever is there a questioning of such a call. It is no wonder that so many of those who go into the pastorate, or other forms of church ministry, are likely to question their calling in the years that lie ahead. They often ask, “How do I know that the feeling I had was really a call from the Lord?”

There’s a better way. We find it in the Book of Acts. When choosing its leaders the early church watched potential candidates over a period of time, and when the people “were together and of one accord” (Acts 1.14; 2.1) they hand-selected them for special roles as preachers and ministers. After Paul became a spirit-filled Christian those in the Christian community watched and prayed for him for a couple of years before they designated him for preaching and missionary service. They prayerfully considered whether he had the gifts for preaching and teaching before they decided to ordain him. The same was true for Barnabas and Silas. It was the church that decided Matthias should take the place vacated by Judas. It was always the Church that did the calling into the vocations of leadership.

What if we followed the way that the early Church did it? Instead of leaving it up to the subjective feelings of individuals, what if the Church designated who is called to be preachers, teachers, and evangelists?

What we are proposing is that the deacons, or elders, or whoever makes up the spiritual leaders of a local congregation commit to carefully observe the young people that are part of their community of faith. They should then meet regularly for prayer and discussion over several months and seek out the young people who have “the gifts” for preaching and leading and then plan to extend the call to such person or persons.

Imagine that perhaps on some Saturday morning a couple of the deacons or elders took a “chosen” young person to breakfast, and after the meal, explained that they, along with the other spiritual leaders of the church had been seeking God’s will and had decided that particular young person should accept a call to the ministry. A given candidate would then have a frame of reference for his or her calling that transcended subjective feelings.


After extending the call the promise should be made that if the answer is “yes,” the church will stand behind the candidate with prayer and financial support. Many of those who go through college and seminary to prepare for the ministries of the Church do not get to live out their calling. After paying for years of training, upon graduation they are so deeply in debt that they cannot afford to serve in church vocations that usually provide very low salaries.
When a church calls someone to pastoral ministry or to do missionary work the church should do its best to provide the financial aid so that the candidate can graduate debt free.

If a church is struggling financially The Campolo Center for Ministry will join up with that church and seek to raise the needed funds to provide for that “called” young person. That’s why we need your help! Would you become a contributor to the Campolo Center for Ministry so that we can make all of this happen?

While the student is studying here at Eastern we will provide the spiritual support that will nurture zeal for spreading the Gospel and building up the Church. We will seek to get the home church regularly involved with prayer.
The statistical studies of religion in America show that many churches are dying. We believe we can provide new life for our churches with the right kind of ministerial leaders, and the Campolo Center for Ministry will help make this happen.

Click here to give online:

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or send your tax-deductible gifts to:

Campolo Center for Ministry
at Eastern University
P. O. Box 7238
St. Davids, PA 19087-7238

For more information or to donate
by phone, please call Robert Gauthier:
Local: 610-341-1715
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“It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.”

Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.”  And that’s the way it is for me these days.

These are the worst of times for me because, as you know, the date of June 30th, when EAPE legally shuts down, is quickly approaching.  I will miss the joy that goes with our mission of launching new ministries, and the gratification of watching young people that we (EAPE) have recruited, trained and spiritually nurtured emerge as Christian leaders.  Some have become pastors and youth ministers in local churches and others, who had entrepreneurial skills, have become founders of their own ministries in Third World countries and in “at risk” neighborhoods in cities across North America.  I’m enclosing a brochure which will remind you of a few of the twenty-two ministries that have been part of EAPE’s gospel spreading efforts over the past forty years, and in which so many young people gained their vision for Christian service.

These are also the best of times, because I am realizing that you are continuing to financially support EAPE during these difficult days, enabling us to fulfill obligations to our fledgling spin off ministries, each of which has moved progressively toward being self-supporting.

Please keep giving to EAPE because we continue to use your gifts to do the good work God has called us to do.  Your giving made it possible for us to support one of our affiliated programs, The Simple Way.  This ministry, located in a derelict neighborhood in Philadelphia, is restoring dilapidated houses and selling them to low-income families at cost with no down payment and long term mortgages with no interest.  This is part of the mission not only to bring the good news of God’s salvation to individuals, but also to bring people together to change this neighborhood into the kind of community that God wants it to be.  In response one single mother of three children said, “I’m so grateful that my God cares about what kind of house we live in!”

Another reason these are the best of times is that I feel myself being freed up to develop The Campolo Center for Ministry here at Eastern University, where I’ll still have my office. This center will undergird the preaching and teaching ministries through which I will continue to challenge young men and women to commit themselves to full-time Christian vocations.

As I move into this new stage of my life, I hope you will keep up with what I will be doing. You can do that by visiting where you’ll find a calendar of my speaking engagements.  There you can also log on to the weekly pod-casts of my radio program “Across the Pond.”  If you want a hard copy of when and where I will be speaking, write to:

Robert Gauthier
c/o The Campolo Center for Ministry
Eastern University
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19010

I’m counting on your prayers and your continued financial support for EAPE, right up through June 30th.


Tony Campolo
Founder and President, EAPE

P.S.  Over the years several of you have listed EAPE in your wills.  Would you be willing to change the beneficiary from EAPE to The Campolo Center for Ministry?  I would be forever grateful to have your support in this special way.  If this is a change you’re willing to make or if you have any questions, please call Robert Gauthier at 610-341-1715.

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’

As you and your loved ones prepare to commemorate the death and burial of Jesus of Nazarth and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we wanted to share with you some of the words from one of Tony’s most inspirational and well known sermons.  You can listen to the full sermon here.

Remember, “It’s only Friday… but Sunday is coming!”

“It’s Friday… Jesus was nailed dead on a cross.

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Friday… Mary’s crying her eyes out ‘cause her Jesus is dead.

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Friday… The disciples are running around like sheep without a shepherd.

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Friday… Pilate’s strutting around washing his hands ‘cause he thinks he’s got all the power and victory.

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Friday… People are saying “as things have been so they shall be – you can’t change anything in this world.”

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Friday… Satan’s doing a jig saying, “I control the whole world.”

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Friday… The temple veil ripped from top to bottom -the earth shook- the rocks split and tombs opened. The centurion screamed in fear, “Truly, He is the Son of God!”

But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!

It’s Sunday- “The angel, like dazzling lightening, rolled the stone away exclaiming,
“He is not here! He is risen!   

It’s Sunday! It’s Sunday! It is Sunday!”    – Dr. Anthony Campolo

Happy Easter,  from Tony and all of us at EAPE.

Tony’s Vision for The Campolo Center for Ministry

I keep getting asked, “Tony! With EAPE phasing out, what will you be doing with yourself?” Here’s how I answer, “I will continue to do my weekly radio show on the Premiere Radio Network in the United Kingdom; speak about 200 times a year at churches, universities, and conferences; do some writing and classroom teaching; and most importantly develop The Campolo Center for Ministry.”

The purpose of the Center will be to recruit young women and men to serve the Church as ministers, youth workers, and missionaries.  Over the years through EAPE’s ministries, more than 1,000 young people have committed themselves to these kinds of vocations for God’s kingdom.  I want to do more of that!

Through preaching and teaching I will work hard to urge college-aged Christians to give themselves to full evangelistic and social justice ministries.  With offices at Eastern University, the Campolo Center will nurture and help these young people through both their undergraduate and graduate studies.

High on my list of priorities will be raising funds to help finance the education of these committed Christians.  That way when they finish their studies they won’t graduate with a heavy debt load.  The cost of higher education is so high that many of those who planned to go into Christian ministries have had to spend years earning enough to pay off their college loans.  Too often their debts have kept some of the brightest and best of them from ever living out their hope for full time vocations in ministry.  The Center will try to keep that from happening.

At the core of what we do will be the proclamation of a wholistic gospel.  We will combine evangelism and social justice so that our graduates will be challenged to win people to Christ who, in turn, will endeavor to change the world from what it is into what God wants it to be.  That is what EAPE has been all about, and the Center will seek to propagate that kind of gospel.

You will be hearing more about all I’ll be doing in the future, but for now I just wanted you to know that there won’t be any grass growing under my feet.  In the meantime, keep up your support for EAPE.  We still have a lot of work to do between now and June 30th, and I’m depending on you.


Tony Campolo
Founder and President, EAPE

P.S.  You can listen to podcasts of the radio show I do in the U.K. by visiting

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GREAT NEWS!!  Cornerstone Christian Academy, the school EAPE started and supported achieved full accreditation from Middle States Association of Colleges and School Commission Elementary and Secondary Schools.  This shows that our school, located in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Philadelphia, is not only helping “at risk” children get a good handle on what Christianity is all about, but is doing so while maintaining very high standards of education.  We’re thrilled!

MORE GOOD NEWS!  There are twenty young adults, Micah Scholars, who have been recruited, and are being supported by our EAPE ministry in Haiti.  They are now studying at various seminaries in and around Port-au-Prince.  When they graduate they will serve as pastors, church planters, and Christian education directors for churches throughout their country.

And another thing – Recently Brian Ballard of Red Letter Christians, another of our EAPE programs, spent several days in Haiti teaching these Micah Scholars how to use the Internet.  I love it when our separately incorporated ministries network and find ways to help each other.  Brian is a wiz with computers and an outstanding teacher.  He did much to make the Micah Scholars more effective servants for God’s Kingdom.

Please note that we will continue to support all of EAPE’s ministries until the end of June.  Between now and then we are hoping you will transfer your monthly support to one or more of the EAPE ministries which best focus on your heartfelt concerns. If you have not already done so, please contact my office to let us know which of EAPE’s ministries you would like to direct your future giving.

Do not think that I will stop doing ministry.  I will go on preaching, recruiting young people for Christian ministries, and carrying on missionary work.  But after June 30th, I’ll be doing my ministry work under the umbrella of the Campolo Center for Ministry (CCM) at Eastern University.  I’ll tell you more about that later.  Each of our ongoing EAPE ministries needs your continued giving.  Pray for them! Pray for me!  Transitions are hard to handle.  Thanks for all you continue to do for EAPE.

Tony Campolo

Founder and President, EAPE

P.S. If you missed the Philadelphia Inquirer’s article about Tony and the future of EAPE, you can read the online version here:


This Christmas… help turn discouragement into Joy!

An impoverished farmer prayed:

Lord, there is a big devil
called Discouragement, we
ask you to send him away
because he is bothering us.

 And God sent an Angel who said to that farmer,
what was said to some frightened shepherds
on a hill outside of a little town called Bethlehem:

 Fear not: for behold I bring
you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
(Luke 2:10)

Our EAPE mission workers in the Third World
and in impoverished neighborhoods across America
declare this same good news — that a savior is born
who can turn discouragement into joy.
I hope and pray for you to give generously
to help them to do just that!

Have a blessed Christmas,Tony's Signature Tony Campolo
Founder and President of EAPE

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PS. If you’d prefer to mail your donation please send it to: EAPE | P.O. Box 7238 | St. Davids, PA | 9087. We can process your mailed donation for 2023 through January 15th with a check dated December 31, 2023.


Gifts Stolen From Urban Mentors Network Christmas Toy Drive

In last month’s newsletter (Giving Thanks for Surrogate Families) we shared about the ministry of Jaime Taylor, one of EAPE’s urban missionaries who founded and directs Urban Mentors Network in Oakland, CA. 


Urban Mentors Network’s year of ministry culminates with its annual Christmas party for the children, youth and families it serves.  It’s a grand celebration where folks come together to share a meal and children receive Christmas presents. In Jaime’s words, “the most important thing about the day is that people feel loved and reminded that God sees them.”


Unfortunately, thieves broke in to UMN’s storage unit, two days before Thanksgiving, and stole $2,000 worth of toys and gifts Jaime had been collecting throughout the year. 


This tragedy made the local news in Oakland, which is helping to get the word out.  Please read the full story below or watch the coverage here:

In the interview with the KTVU, Jaime explained that “The kids in the program help organize it and it’s open to everyone in their East Oakland neighborhood. Last year 300 people showed up. This year’s party is on December 14, and the group had collected enough toys to hand out to about 100 kids.” 


“At this point we’re down to nothing again. So, we’re starting over,” Jaime said, which is why we need your help! 


The Urban Mentors Network’s Christmas party is Saturday, December 14 so please Donate Now before it’s too late! Please specify “Urban Mentors Network” in the comment field. 


Or you can order toys and gifts from Urban Mentors Network’s Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to Oakland. 


Thank you for supporting us and all of our ministries with your prayers and generosity this Christmas season. 


With gratitude and hope in Jesus, the new born King.

– the team at EAPE

UMN Toy Drive

Urban Mentors Network Christmas Party









By Allie Rasmus

OAKLAND, Calif. —

An Oakland non-profit is being forced to start the holiday toy drive they’ve worked on all year all over again, after thieves stole $2,000 worth of donated gifts and supplies.

“When I got here yesterday it was disheveled like this,” said Urban Mentors Network director, Jaime Taylor, describing what she saw in the group’s storage locker after someone broke the lock and stole the contents.

“They got lucky,” Taylor said of the thieves. “There were bags of toys, mp3 players, gifts for small children.”

The gifts belonged to the Oakland non-profit, Urban Mentors Network. Group leaders meet weekly with 40 East Oakland kids to help with school work and support at home.

“It was important. To feel like I was loved by someone that wasn’t part of my family,” said Ty’Anna Sandifer.

Sandifer was a student in the program seven years ago, now she’s a mentor to some of the younger kids.

“It just makes me feel like I’m doing something positive instead of running the streets,” she said.

Taylor said their big event every year is their Christmas party. The kids in the program help organize it and it’s open to everyone in their East Oakland neighborhood. Last year 300 people showed up. This year’s party is on December 14, and the group had collected enough toys to hand out to about 100 kids.

“At this point we’re down to nothing again. So, we’re starting over,” Taylor said.

The storage facility where their locker was is near San Leandro street and 66th avenue. Taylor said the facility does have security cameras, but she was told the cameras don’t face the front of her storage unit. No one was in the front office when KTVU visited Wednesday afternoon.

“Our youth and families are amazing, they’re strong and courageous, but a lot of them don’t have much. So when I felt like they were stealing from them, it really broke me,” Taylor said.

Taylor said this year’s party will go on as planned but she and her volunteers will spend the next two weeks scrambling for donations to try to replace what was lost.


Giving Thanks for Surrogate Families

Dear Members of the EAPE Family,

During this Thanksgiving season when we slow down to give thanks for the blessings we’ve received – of family and friends; the opportunities for education and employment; the means for a safe home and sufficient food to eat; and the peace, love and hope found in Jesus our Lord – I want to take this moment to thank you for the prayers you’ve prayed and the financial gifts you’ve given in support of Tony and EAPE.   

In many ways our urban missionaries and teachers become surrogate family members to the children and youth they minister to in the neighborhoods where they live and serve.  And your prayers and gifts make you an extended member of the EAPE family, a family bound together in Jesus’ name. 

One of our urban missionaries, Jaime Taylor, recently described to me the familial bond she has – and wants each of us to have – with the girls and teens she mentors and disciples:

Jaime Taylor with her girls

Jaime Taylor founded Urban Mentors Network after serving in our Mission Year program. She has recruited and trained 25 volunteers to tutor and spiritually mentor 130 girls, teens and young women from inner-city Oakland each year.

I want you to love them the way I love them, root for them the way I root for them, and cry with them as I cry with them.  I want you to care about whether they have opportunities or graduate or experience loss or success.  I want you to cry with our community here and I want you to celebrate with it as well.

And how important your support is for this kind of relational, urban ministry:

I want this because these girls and teens need to be seen and known.  I want this because we can’t keep doing our mentoring, small groups and community events without your fervent prayer and your financial support.  I want this because I know my community here has God’s love to show you, and you have God’s love to share with them.  

You may never meet Jaime or have a Thanksgiving meal with her inner-city “family” in Oakland, but you need to know that along with all the changed lives and smiling faces we see through each of our ministries, all of us at EAPE are incredibly thankful for your support and encouragement, and grateful to be on this journey together… with you… as a family. 

As you give thanks and celebrate this month, please take a moment to make as generous a gift as you can to support the work of our urban missionaries and teachers.  They’ll need it as they work hard to make this Thanksgiving and Christmas special for all the children, youth and families they love, serve and support in Jesus’ name.

With a thankful heart and hope in Christ,

Robert Gauthier
Managing Director, EAPE                                   Donate now at:  

P.S. Next month you will be asked by us and other charities you support to give – and give generously – during the Christmas season.  As you prayerfully consider your Christmas and end-of-year gift to EAPE, we want you to know how your support will make a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families that our urban missionaries and teachers work with every day.  Please visit to learn more.

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