Fr. Campbell was raised in Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 1969 with a BA in history. Responding to the Lord’s call, he attended The General Theological Seminary in New York and received a Masters of Divinity degree in church history in 1973. He was ordained a priest on Nov. 30th, 1975.
Fr. Campbell served in the Diocese of Oregon from 1974 to 2005 and was Rector of St Timothy’s, Salem, for 26 years. He developed a comprehensive prayer-book based Christian formation process from pre-school to adult using Episcopal resources – Godly Play for children, Journey to Adulthood for teens, the Catechumenate for adults preparing for Holy Baptism, and Cursillo. During his tenure at St Timothy’s, Fr Rick brought the parish to self-supporting status, and guided the parish in a $500,000 building expansion.
In 2006 Fr. Campbell became Rector of St Ann’s Parish, Sayville, Long Island, retiring in 2010 and moving to Florida in 2011. He is licensed to serve not only in the Diocese of Long Island, where he is a canonically resident priest in good standing, but also in the Diocese of Ohio and the Diocese of Southwest Florida, where he has served as a supply priest.
As an aside, Fr Rick last served at St Andrew’s Parish, Long Island. His oldest son’s baptismal name is Andrew, as is the patron saint of Scotland. And he was ordained priest on St Andrew’s Day, November 30th. It seems fitting that he is now called to serve at St Andrew’s, Tampa, the mother church of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.Email Rev. Ralph M. Campbell II