Biographical Sketch for L.D. Campbell

L.D. CampbellMr. Campbell was the pastor/teacher of First Church of Christ, Burlington, Kentucky, for over 38 years. The attendance grew from 250 to over 2500. The congregation built 5 buildings. The congregation relocated from Florence to a 22-acre campus in Burlington. Since relocation, they have built a 47,000 square foot education building and a 30,000 square foot student center. The staff has grown from two full-time employees to 40, and the giving has grown from $60,000 to $4,000,000, with 20% of the budget going to local and foreign missions. Many young people from the church have gone into specialized Christian ministry.

Other highlights of Mr. Campbell’s life include:

  • Timothy of Hampton Christian Church, Hampton, Tennessee.
  • 1965 graduate, Johnson University; class president junior and senior years.
  • Graduate studies, Emmanuel Christian Seminary.
  • Master’s degree from Cincinnati Christian University, 1989.
  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Johnson University, 2011.
  • Student ministries include Meadowbrook Christian Church, Maryville, Tennessee; and First Christian Church, Madisonville, Tennessee.
  • Upon graduation, he served the Harmon Chapel Christian Church, Shady Valley, Tennessee; and the Mount Carmel Christian Church, Meadowview, Virginia.  When both churches went to full-time ministries, he became pastor at Meadowview. 
  • Five-year ministry with the New Hope Christian Church, Roanoke, Virginia.
  • Chairman of Board of Trustees, Johnson University. Member of Board since 1984 .
  • Alumni Office, Johnson Bible College, 1977-1978.
  • Member of the Executive Committee for the 1977 Greater Cincinnati Billy Graham Crusade.
  • President, Council of 70, Johnson University, 1979-1980.
  • Member, Board of Advisors for Milligan College.
  • Member, North American Christian Convention Committee.
  • Member, pastoral Board for St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
  • President of Florence Ministerial Alliance 1980-1997.
  • Member, Drug and Alcohol Commission for Boone County Board of Education.
  • Member of the 1988 White Fields Crusade to Australia.
  • Speaker at the Brazilian Missionary Conference, 1990.
  • Trustee for Mountain Mission School, Grundy, Virginia 1990 – 2000.
  • Has written for The Lookout and The Christian Standard.
  • Adjunct professor on preaching and church administration at Cincinnati Christian University.
  • Better Boone County Commission, 1993.
  • Visiting scholar/preacher for the 1996 annual lectures on preaching, Johnson University.
  • Speaker at North America Christian Convention 2000.
  • Blueprint speaker (Seminars for church growth) 2002.
  • Preaching Summit speaker 2002.
  • 2002 Florence Rotary’s Citizen of the Year.
  • 2003 – Received Johnson University Distinguished Service Award, along with his wife Joyce.
  • 2005 Mr. Campbell was named one of the 50 most influential leaders in Northern Kentucky.
  • Currently adjunct professor of preaching Haus Edelweiss Vienna, Austria  (H/E is a seminary graduate school).
  • Visiting Eubanks Fellow, Johnson Univeristy, fall semester 2010.  Taught Effectiveness in Leadership and Life.
  • 2011 Mr. Campbell served as a volunteer chaplin at St. Elizabeth Florence.
  • In retirement Mr. Campbell served the Nashville Christian Church in Nashville, Indiana, 2012-2015.

L.D. is married to the former Joyce McPhetridge (Johnson University class of 1963). They have two daughters, Jennifer Rhea Clause and Jonnie Lea Faust, and he is “Poppie” to Jonathan, Laura Beth, Jessica, and Benjamin. The Campbell make their home in Burlington, Kentucky.