CHAUTAUQUA - Joan Brown Campbell currently serves as pastor to the congregation of Chautauqua Institution and as Director, Department of Religion. She was ordained at age 50 after a life as wife, mother and community volunteer. She currently holds standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and American Baptist Church. She has been active in the ecumenical interfaith movement both before and after ordination.
She has served as Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council or Churches, Executive Director of the U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches, and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A..
While at the World Council she developed extensive international connections. She was a key advocate in the return of Ilian Gonzales to Cuba in 2000 and has maintained cordial working relationships with clergy in Cuba completing 39 trips to that island neighbor. She has maintained friendships with many members of the Cuban population including Ilian, now age 20 with whom she most recently visited in May 2013.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called Joan a "woman of courage and compassion" and observed that she was the only female in the procession of over 200 clergy for his installation as Archbishop of South Africa. He remarked that "Her Voice helped bring an end to the evil of apartheid."
Dr. Campbell's most recent book is titled Prayers from Chautauqua, published by The Pilgrim Press.
Joan will be interviewed by "Chautauqua People" producer John Viehe, a member of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees. Dr. Viehe teaches psychology at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC during the academic year.
Dr. Campbell will be retiring from her position at Chautauqua Institution at the end of the current season.
The program will air on Access Channel 5 at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. each day beginning on Aug. 10 with the last airing on Aug. 16.
Access Channel 5 is available to cable viewers in the Mayville, Chautauqua, North Harmony, Sherman, Westfield and Portland areas. Viewers should note that all area public access channels have been dropped from Time Warner's analog service, but can be received on digital service with a converter or on a digital television that has been recently autoscanned.