about me

My Story (in the briefest version possible!)

I was born in Springfield, Missouri, USA. I was raised, educated and worked in Bolivar, Missouri. After high-school, I lived, went to college and worked for 2 years in Sedalia, Missouri. Then, for 6 years after that, I lived, worked and did some intermittent study in my birth-town, Springfield. Now, I’m living, working and studying (and playing music) in Auckland, New Zealand. How did I get here? Read on…

I grew up within a loving and stable family (a Mom and Dad that stayed together, and an older brother and older sister) and also inherited the religion sometimes referred to as Armstrongism, which had teachings that certainly made me stand out from other kids at school. (To make a quite long, detailed and debated story into a short, debatable, summary, the founder, Herbert W. Armstrong, died in 1986, and left leadership to Joseph W. Tkach, Sr., who was later approached by his son, Joseph W. Tkach, Jr., and two others who began to critically study the basis of past church teaching; they eventually decided that radical changes should be made.) My reaction to ‘the changes’ was casual. I had not fully understood or owned the former beliefs/teachings for myself, and so I rather easily laid them aside. Further, I didn’t replace them with anything.

Again, summarising, my few years in Sedalia were… well… ‘not religious’, and this lifestyle continued for a few months once I moved to Springfield. I quickly became reunited with a friend (Ben Kilgore) who had been raised in the same church as me, but was now working at and attending a Baptist church. To make another long story short, he didn’t force his beliefs on me, but when I eventually asked questions about belief in Jesus, he answered them honestly and thoughtfully. I soon committed my life to Jesus and was baptised. Thus began my Jesus-journey.

My journey was, at first, largely a social thing, but a challenging philosophy class drove me to take my faith more seriously and seek to know why I believed what I did. In addition to this, I quickly became active in the area of worship music. These two trends continued for several years, and eventually I took up a volunteer position of ‘Worship Pastor’ at a new church plant, the Church at Finley Crossings, as well as helping with various college ministries, and participating in a few international missionary trips.

My work life had seen me attend one semester of college to ‘explore options’, and a unexpected promotion to my companies’ general office had ended that exploration. I enjoyed my job and found myself making good progress toward the ‘American Dream’ of a house, good job and a good family – I just lacked my own family.

Later, in what would prove to be a key conversation, one of my current roommates (and best friends), Brandon Pickering, asked me some deep questions about what I wanted to do with my life. I had always kind of ‘let life come to me’, but Brandon was reminding me that I actually didn’t have to do this. More than that, he encouraged me that I had many abilities that would serve me well in taking several different paths in life. Within a few weeks, I had enrolled for classes in the Religious Studies program at the local university – perhaps still unsure about what I wanted to do.

After a year in this program, I found myself (to summarise yet another long story) in Auckland, New Zealand on a ministry-trip with Dr. Bernard Holmes, helping out at an Open Brethren church. In a most unexpected turn of events, toward the end of our month-long stay, I found myself being offered a position there as Youth Pastor. After much discussion with others, prayer, consideration (and an unexplainable seating arrangement and conversation on the plane ride home!), I took the job.

Not long after starting, my laptop was stolen during a mid-week bible study. Luke Weston, an announcer at Life FM, was able to find a computer company who was willing to give –yes give– me a replacement laptop! In a later turn of events, a friend of mine, Cameron Stuart, and I headed to a dessert party at a flat where another Life FM announcer named Di (Diane) lived. When we met, she said, “Oh, so you’re the laptop guy…” And… of course… to make yet another long story much shorter… she is now my wife!

Well, after 2 years as Youth Pastor at Ngaire Ave, I made the move to my current church, Northcote Baptist, as Associate Pastor for Youth, and I’m enjoying it very much. Di and I have 1 child (Thomas Isaiah) and are enjoying learning how to be married and we look forward to whatever the future holds for us!

Feel free to email me with comments and/or questions at dalewaynecampbell[at]gmail[dot]com.

17 thoughts on “about me”

  1. Dale,
    It was great to hear from you. Yes, I found your blog through some convoluted process. I think I searched on blogger for those who put Hebrews as one of their favorite books. You came up eventually.

    I am encouraged to hear that another Missourian is in New Zealand! We are very much looking forward to moving to Dunedin. I hope to follow along with your blog and stay in touch.

    Thanks again.


  2. I found your blog after doing an internet search for Dr. Bernard Holmes. I’ve heard he is ill and was looking for information; as a former student of his who was greatly impacted by such a godly man at a critical time in my life, it is great to hear of others Dr. Holmes impacted as well. Great blog – I’ll add you to my prayers and wish you the best for your ministry down under.

  3. Thanks bearcat,
    Doc is a great man, isn’t he?
    Thanks for visiting the blog, take care, and do let me know if Dr. Holmes takes a significant turn in health!

  4. hey dale- it was great seeing you and Di. I love reading all your blogs and listening to your sermons and music. it is pretty weird around CFC these days without the Stones. But if i learned anything from you going to NZ was that “this too shall pass” and the kingdom keeps on trucking. we miss you tons! tell di we said hi. don’t be a stranger. chris.

  5. Boy Dale, that Worldwide Church of God, has a rather colourful history to say the least, eh. Lot’s of skeletons in their closet, and enough schisms to part a tectonic plate. Amongst its original teachings/rules were a ban on observing Christmas and Easter, birthdays, blood transfusions and eating pork. Oh yeah, members were expected to tithe 30% of their income and it’s founder claimed British & American people were descended from The Lost Tribe of Israel – where he came-up from this historic porky is anyone’s business. Saturday was designated as the Sabbath (Herbert’s wife came-up with that one) . They spawned a Christian terrorist cell, that tried to blow-up the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jelusalem. That was in 1967 by the way, three years later the Church suffers a serious melt-down when it comes into the public domain that Garner Ted Armstrong had been ‘touching-up’ one of young members and gambled away thousands in Church funds. Armstrong snr tells Time Magazine his son is “in bonds with Satan”. Armstrong Jnr had left his wife and was at that time shacked-up with an Airline hostess he’d meet on a flight somewhere. Perhaps, to deflect the attention away from these internal ructions and sins of the flesh, the Church announced the world would end with the 2nd coming in 1975. In 1979 (so much for that prophecy) the Church almost went bankrupt when disgruntled ex members sued the organisation claiming financial mis-management (read embezzlement)Around this time they begin teaching followers humanity was being guided by a “Great Unseen Hand from Someplace.” (where is Douglas Adams when you need him?) Tkach snr told the world ‘the holy spirit was a person’ in 1991. Mate, there’s enough material on these internal ructions to write a book. In fact two books have been written, both of which the WWC of God tried to get banned.

  6. Paul,
    You’re excellent at finding dirt on people/organisations and then giving short (and at times distorted) summaries of them. You should check out how Tkach Jr and two friends met up and sparked some of the major changes which ‘went public’ in the 90’s. Interesting stuff.

  7. Oh wow! I have only just clicked on your ‘Fruitful Faith’ link now and reading up on stuff.

    My work hours are now gonna be stolen.

    Pain bears.


  8. Hey Dale,

    Thanks for the comments on my blog. Just noticed you’ve got Strom’s sermon on the Big Picture and that was done at my Church – Shore Christian Community Church. I’m a worship leader there. Been playing in the church since I was old enough to play guitar LOL. Good to meet another worship leader.

  9. Thanks Grant!
    You’re probably aware that Reuben Munn is a Northcote-er (my church). :)
    Might cross paths some time – take care! :)

  10. I was actually searching for a UK guitarist with your name and was surprised to find Sherri’s little brother all grown up and living in Auckland.

    You’ve come a long way since backing into my Cougar’s bumper so many years ago. :-)

    Glad to see you’re doing so well. It’s great to see you owning your spirituality now and making it an important part of your life.

    Anyway, I’ve enjoying reading your prose here. Keep up the good work.


  11. Heya Andy!
    I’ve seen that UK guitarist with a great name before a few times myself… He’s extremely talented! He certainly humbles this guitar-playing Dale Campbell!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, and for the encouragement! :)


  12. Gidday there Dale,

    Excuse-me barging in on you like this, but you know what us Atheists are like.

    The purposes of my intrusion, is to see if you would publish (amend as you see fit) this article I did recently on my blog.

    My readership are mostly the non-superstitious, and I’m thinking you may well get more feedback from your followers than me…..

    What would it take for a Christian to say: “the story of Christ I was told is not true?”.

    Let me run these scenarios by you, and get your feedback.

    Scenario One: A new set of Dead Sea Scrolls are found, pre-dating the oldest known set of scriptures by 150 years. They depict Jesus missing years, what he got up to in his teens and twenties. The picture they paint, is at odds with the divine, miracle-worker. The manuscripts tell stories of drunkenness, fights and sexual conquests of a man called Jesus of Nazareth.

    Scenario Two: A new set of Dead Sea Scrolls are found, pre-dating the oldest known set of scriptures by 150 years. They depict Jesus missing years, what he got up to in his teens and twenties. The picture they paint, is one of his majesty and compassion. Hither-to-unknown miracles are outlined in its parchments.

    Both set of scrolls are analysed and authenticated.

    So which set of scrolls would be accepted as being genuine, or should I re-phrase this and say – which set would be believed?

    Only the second set fits the established storyline.

    Only the second would receive a blessing, from within the established theology.

    The first scrolls would either be ignored or called a hoax, not because of any other reason than to accept what the contents said, would mean a complete re-write of the life of Jesus, and bring into doubt his divine heritage.

    To believe what was written to the first set of scrolls, would turn Christianity on its head – but is that enough justification to dismiss them outright?

    I’m not asking for any credit, or re-directs to my blog.

    I’m just intrigued as to how Christians and religious-types as a whole, interpret what is fact and what is fiction.

    Cheers there.


    PS: Tried emailing aboce address and it was returned?

  13. Hi Paul,
    Well, from an historical point of view (for example, what we know from extra-biblical material about the customs, beliefs of the period and what people would bother to write about or not, etc.), the scrolls from Scenario One would be so unlike any writings from that period, that I seriously doubt it could be easily ‘analysed and authenticated’.

    Not even the gnostic documents written 100 or so years after the new testament documents are even close to the kind of document described in Scenario One.

    So, the scroll in Scenario Two would be valued as being more ‘historical’ (more true to the beliefs of the period) even by an agnostic New Testament scholar like Bart Ehrman (or also by someone like the Jewish New Testament Scholars Amy Jill Levine or Geza Vermes), though of course they would not necessarily ‘believe’ the texts.

    The distinction here is between a text which fits ‘historically’ within the idea/thought/custom-world of its period, and a text which is ‘historical’ in that it records events that actually occurred.

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