ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell, pastor emeritus, Mount Carmel Baptist Church
By Thera Martin
Popular longtime West Philadelphia pastor the Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell, pastor emeritus of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, located at 57th and Race Streets, has recently released his second book entitled, “A Life of Directed Paths.” The book is a memoir of his life and significant milestones along the way. Pastor Campbell will be the special guest preacher during the 10:00 a.m. Homecoming 2019 service at Mount Carmel Baptist Church on August 25 as congregants observe their 137th church anniversary. The anniversary committee will host a book signing immediately following the service for Pastor Campbell.
“It’s been said there’s no place like home,” Rev. Donald D. Moore, current pastor of Mount Carmel, said. “As we celebrate another year, we invite all people of God to come out and worship with us, as we observe another historic year in the life of our church. Come home, reconnect, renew, see old friends, and embrace new ones. We eagerly look forward to having our beloved pastor emeritus deliver the morning message on August 25, and as always, we love having Pastor Campbell home. Equally, we look forward to hosting Pastor Campbell’s first book signing of his second book, immediately following service. I look forward to seeing all who will come out and be blessed by Pastor Campbell and the entire Mount Carmel Baptist Church Family. ”
“I had been challenged to do some writing after Pastor Wayne Croft persuaded me to submit 10 or 12 sermons to him, which were published in a book,” Campbell said. “People kept reaching out to me and asking me the question, ‘Pastor, how are you doing after all these events that have happened to you in your life that have bought grief and pain and sorrow in more recent years?’ A number of things had happened to me, and I felt I needed to get closer to God in order to understand better why these things were happening in my life. It became my mission to share my story. I needed to put it on paper for my own therapeutic recovery and in the process, my book was born.”
The book was published by MMGI Books, a subsidiary of the SIMS Media Group in Washington, D.C. The foreward for the book was written by Rev. Dr. William Shaw, pastor of White Rock Baptist Church, and a past national president of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc. Shaw and Campbell go way back, as they say, having known each other for over 60 years.
“Albert Campbell — preacher, pastor and public leader — is the picture/product of that interacting in his life across the years; the Word of the Lord engaging the mouth of a man, of a particular man—rooted in a particular family of origin, impacted by certain cultural and social influences, yoked in the relationship of marriage and family where he is husband and father,” Shaw wrote. “Thus, man is compelled to tell the story not just of the Gospel of the “power of God unto Salvation, but also the story of his own life in interaction with the Word. Such a story is revealing and inspirational.”
“A Life of Directed Paths” is a phenomenal record of Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell’s journey through many of his trials and tribulations while successfully serving as a pastor of a church with over three thousand members, while being a husband, father and mentor to many. It is an epic account of a public life responding masterfully to personal challenges. The book escorts us through a time of segregation and bigotry, chronicling the sheer courage of a pastor determined to showcase the power of God through his personal display of courage and faith.
The official book release and book signing event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, located at 5732 Race Street in West Philadelphia.