The Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Campbell is the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which he has served since September 2013. He is a high energy preacher of the social gospel which matches well with the high energy worship services of Ebenezer. God has truly anointed Dr. Campbell with many spiritual gifts including wisdom, discernment, and deliverance. His inspirational preaching and dynamic teaching has reignited Ebenezer with growth in new memberships. Pastor Campbell’s unique gift of teaching scripture in plain language, with real-life illustrations and applications has also brought about a increase in weekly Bible Study which created the demand for a second class.
In 2014, Pastor Campbell revealed a Church Transition Plan for Ebenezer and during a 3 Day Deacon Ministry Retreat. The New Pastoral Vision was unanimously endorsed by the Official Board. The Joint Board of Ebenezer Baptist Church has joined with Pastor Campbell to implement the creation of over 50 new ministries. The vision will provide resources and opportunities to our members and community through ministries such as: Toddler Care, Children and Youth, Family Life, Marriage Counseling, Health & Wellness Programs, Financial Empowerment, Young Scholars Programs, a Parent & Child Learning Center, Lifestyle Evangelism, Deliverance Ministries, Disaster Relief, and a Community Food Pantry, along with other Community Outreach services.
Dr. Campbell is an active leader in our Community. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Hill District Minister’s Alliance (HDMA), a group of pastors and leaders who meet on a regular basis to coordinate support for new and ongoing community initiatives. Dr. Campbell’s ongoing commitment to educating youth led him to serve a term as Co-Chair of the Hill District Education Council (HDEC).
Since his arrival at Ebenezer in September 2013, Dr. Campbell has served as a panelist for the African-American Gubernatorial Candidates forum sponsored by over 10 different Black political, service, religious and economic organizations; and participated in several prestigious events including the African American Heritage Day Parade, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA Annual Business Luncheon, and Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Dedication Ceremony. Dr. Campbell has also been a vocal and member of the Lower Hill Working Group; supporter of the Hill District CDC and Thelma Lovette YMCA.
Dr. Campbell is married to Jamie Campbell. They are the blessed parents of six children. Dr. Campbell loves spending time with his family. He is an avid chess player who also spends countless hours reading and writing.
Education and Pastoral Experience
Rev. Campbell was called into the gospel ministry in 1993 and licensed on October 19, 1997, by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Campbell graduated with honors from American Baptist College, and earned the Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. While at Vanderbilt he completed the program in Black Church Studies of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute. He later earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Morehouse School of Religion (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
While at Vanderbilt, he served as President of the Vanderbilt Black Seminarians, Chairperson of the Student Honor Council, and was a member of the Faculty Search Committee for a Theology Professor. Rev. Campbell’s Master’s Thesis at Vanderbilt University Divinity School received the distinguished grade of Honors and upon graduation he was awarded the coveted Umphrey Lee Dean’s Award. He later earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree (with distinction) at The Morehouse School of Religion (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar Award by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship. He is also a recipient of the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Community Service Award for “outstanding spiritual and community service and leadership” presented to him at Tennessee State University. Dr. Campbell was employed as the Dean of Students and Chapel at American Baptist College from 2002 – 2004. Dr. Campbell served as the pastor of Kayne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church located in Nashville, Tennessee from 2004 – 2013. In 2010, Pastor Campbell was appointed to serve the Nashville community as a Commissioner of the Metro Human Relations Commission.
Dr. Campbell was also employed as Associate Dean and Professor in Pastoral Studies at American Baptist College from 2005 – 2013. Additionally, Professor Campbell was employed by Vanderbilt University as a Field Education Seminar Instructor from 2007 – 2012. He is a former Commissioner of the Work Release Commission for the Davidson County Sherriff’s Office. He has served on several non-profit boards of directors in Nashville, including an appointment to the Belmont University Board of Trustees in 2010. As an outreach worker for MANNA, Inc., Rev. Campbell served the poor by advocating for full access to the food stamp program, testifying before legislative committees, and doing DHS advocacy outreach.
Community Leadership and Business Experience
Dr. Vincent K. Campbell served as an independent licensed realtor with Jim Luger Century 21 Realty in Medina, Minnesota. He primarily represented the real estate investment and development interests of several attorneys and physicians. During that time he was also employed as a legal assistant/office manager and workers’ compensation settlement negotiator with Leighton, Carney, and Crabtree Law Offices in Roseville, Minnesota.
He later served as a community organizer for the Eastside Neighborhood Development Company, Inc. located in St. Paul, Minnesota. In that capacity he gained valuable experience in urban development, building community collaborations around social programs and housing development. As a community organizer he worked directly with city officials and private investors in securing grassroots community support for the Phalen Corridor Initiative by implementing a “BETTER TOGTHER COLLABORATIVE”. The Phalen Corridor has become a large mixed-use redevelopment area on St. Paul’s East Side. The Phalen Corridor boasts active residents and community groups, and its diverse population includes formerly displaced minorities including Native Americans, Hmong, Laotians, African Americans and Latinos. More than 60 public, private and nonprofit partners from the area joined forces as the Phalen Corridor Initiative and created new business opportunities, jobs, housing, health care facilities and retail establishments for area residents.
Dr. Campbell later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and continued his engagement there as a community leader. He was instrumental in organizing and leading community meetings to broker agreement and support for a $10 million public/private partnership for the redevelopment of Rose Park in the historic Edgehill neighborhood of South Nashville. The partnership’s signed agreement between Metro Parks, Metro Schools, Neighborhood Organizations, Residents, and Belmont University was passed by the City Council.
As Associate Dean and member of the Senior Staff of American Baptist College Dr. Campbell was involved in several building renovation and construction projects. Additionally, he served on the Board of Trustees for Belmont University during the mist of several multi-million dollar building projects.