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John A. Campbell, Jr. is a native of Chatham, Virginia. After graduating from Laurel Park High School in 1987, he attended Patrick Henry Community College and later transferred to Radford University where he received a degree in Marketing. Because of his work ethic and character, he received numerous awards and honors for outstanding leadership and accomplishments from institutions.
Believing that “behind every good man, there’s a good woman”, on May 27, 1995, John married LaShawn A. Barksdale. As God would have it, they have been blessed with a special gift, their nephew and son, ZhaQuan.
God called Pastor Campbell into the ministry a few years before he officially answered the call. Many remember prayer meetings and choir rehearsals when he would stand to speak and a mini sermon would come forth. On April 12, 1998, Pastor Campbell accepted the call of God on his life, under the leadership of the late Apostle Joseph H. Adams. His initial sermon was entitled “A Telegram Prayer” and subtitled “Don’t Stop Praying, Help Is On the Way”. Pastor Campbell was ordained Elder in 1999. On July, 25, 2004, the church body elected Elder Campbell as pastor. He was installed on August 21, 2004. In June of 2005, he was elevated to the office of District Elder of the United Way of the Cross Churches of Christ, International. June 20, 2008 he was consecrated as Bishop.
Bishop Campbell has a heart of compassion for the people and tremendous desire to work for the good of all. His ministry theme is “Committed To Ministering To The Total Man”. He works tirelessly to equip the body of Christ with the necessary tools to deal with both spiritual and natural day to day life experiences. His emphasis on strengthening the family by ministering to the total man coupled with his dedication to preaching the Gospel has made a difference in the lives of the members of Bethel Way. Reaching further than the church body and walls of Bethel Way, Pastor Campbell takes the time to minister to the saved, unsaved, and those who are in need of a word of encouragement. Because of this, over 75 individuals have joined Bethel Way during his pastorate. New ministries have been birthed to address the various needs of the people. Throughout his life, his dedication to Christ and Bethel Way has been unquestionable. Looking back, it is easy to see how God was preparing and grooming him from a young boy to now to lead His people in such a time as this.
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. Psalms 118:23
Lady Campbell is the daughter of Reva Adams and Lenwood Barksdale. Her paternal granparents, Mr. Grover Barksdale and the late Mrs. Fannie Barksdale, and maternal grandparents, the late Joseph H. Adams and Janie H. Adams, have both been positive influences in her life.
LaShawn received her early education in the Henry County Public Schools. She was a 1988 graduated of Laurel Park High School. Understanding the importance of education, Lady Campbell obtained her Associates degree from Patrick Henry Community College and later received an Bachelors degree from Radford University. She also attended Longwood University working towards her Master’s degree in Counseling.
As servants of Christ, Bishop John A. Campbell, Jr. and Lady LaShawn Campbell work together ministering to the needs of the Bethel Way Church family. Lady Campbell supports her husband and pastor through prayer, encouragement, respect and unconditional love.
As God would have it, a large part of her childhood years were spent in the home of her grandparents and founders of the Bethel Way Church, Apostle Joseph H. Adams and Mother Janie H. Adams. There she was able to observe on a daily basis the dedication and commitment that was required to be a Pastor’s wife. Whether it was visiting the sick and shut-in, lending a listening ear and helping hand to those in need, or tending to the needs and upkeep of the church, Lady Campbell was able to see her grandmother in action. Little did she know that one day she too would wear the same shoes and title of the Pastor’s Wife. In addition, she saw the demands and sacrifices that were necessary in order for her grandfather to be an effective pastor. Being the Pastor’s Wife is not just a title, but a calling. God saw the need and placed Lady Campbell in a position that she would receive the “on the job training” that she would some day need to fulfill the call He had placed on her life.
Throughout her life, Lady Campbell could always be found working in the church. She participated in various ministries of the church including the Little Folks for Jesus Choir, Voices of Inspiration, Young Women’s Academy, Usher Board and Ensemble Choir. She was Secretary of the Sunday School, Treasurer of the Voices of Inspiration and a member of the Finance Committee for many years.
She married John A. Campbell, Jr. in 1995. John also grew up in the Bethel Way Church. He was a vibrant and energized young man who loved the Lord with all of his heart. After their union, God continued to unfold His plan for their life when he called Pastor Campbell into the ministry. God saw their love for children and blessed them to raise and nurture ZhaQuan Jones.
In addition to working in the home and church, Lady Campbell has been employed by the Martinsville Department of Social Services , Hughes Home /Presbyterian Home for Youth and is currently employed by Good Year Tire and Rubber Company as Area Manager. Due to her outstanding leadership and work ethic, she received the Emerging Leaders Award in 2005 and was recognized as one of the top ten Area Managers by being inducted into the Plant Managers Club in 2008.
As we thank God for our pastor, we must remember to also thank him for Lady Campbell. While Bishop Campbell ministers in the foreground teaching and preaching, she ministers in the background. We thank God for you, Lady Campbell, as you serve us you are also serving God and fulfilling his purpose and plan for your life. We thank you for being a constant support to Bishop Campbell and the Bethel Way Family.