Bart Campolo

Friday, August 11, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Bart Campolo is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry.  After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his faith in God.  In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice, and a genuine sense of wonder.  

In 2017 Bart and his dad, Tony Campolo, released Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations On Christianity Between An Evangelical Father and his Humanist Son.

His podcast, Humanize Me, and information about his counseling and coaching practice are available at