(Note: Tony was a friend and strong supporter of the work and vision of Christian Churches Together. CCT staff)

Date Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Reformed Church in America is mourning the loss of Tony Campbell, the denomination’s associate general secretary and director of mission engagement. Campbell passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, July 18.

“Tony’s death is a painful loss for the RCA—as a pastor, as a friend, as a partner in the gospel, as a leader,” said former general secretary Tom De Vries, who worked closely with Campbell until De Vries’s departure last month. “His passing impacts our denomination on so many levels: personally, missionally, transformationally, and as we seek to live out God’s call for the RCA to live and love like Jesus. Tony was a continuous example of how a leader served and loved others, and how to tangibly live out one’s faith in our world today.

A member of the executive leadership team, Campbell joined the General Synod Council staff in 2013 as coordinator for African American/Black ministries. He soon took over leadership of the RCA’s mission priority area and in 2016 became the director of mission engagement. In this role he coordinated the work of the mission initiatives within Transformed & Transforming: Global Missional Engagement, Local Missional Engagement, Volunteer Engagement, Missional Mosaic, Church Multiplication, and Disability Concerns. He also served as coordinator for the RCA’s African American Black Council (AABC).

“Tony established a grander vision of mission for the RCA that did not stop with words, but demanded action,” said De Vries. “He pushed us to see mission that was tangible and love that was real.”

One of Campbell’s key contributions to the RCA was his effort to address the injustices of racism, De Vries said. Working with the AABC, Campbell continually pushed for unity and harmony within the denomination, working to build bridges that crossed the racial divide.

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Obituary for Antoine “Tony” L. Campbell

Antoine “Tony” Campbell, age 62 of Rockford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday July 18, 2017. 

Tony was born on December 24, 1954 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of John and Earline Campbell. His life was led by faith and an unspoken code of “making a difference” every day. Tony was always carrying a Bible and whatever book he was reading at that time. He was a phenomenal public speaker and although most people felt he was fairly serious all the time, his family reveled in his humor. One of their favorite things was how Tony would sing at the top of his lungs and march in the shower every day all while laughing out loud at the same time. 

Tony was highly educated, both formally and as a life-long learner. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy, followed by five years in the Marine Corps as a Naval Officer. He earned a Master’s degree from Yale School of Divinity and was currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry from Western Theological Seminary. 

Tony is survived by his wife Molly (Piechocki) Campbell; his children Ben, Sarah, Paul (Tamar), Emma and Madison; his grandson, Micah John; his parents John and Earline Campbell, and in-laws Mike and Pat Piechocki; his siblings Renee (D’Juan) Miller-Cotton and Erik Campbell, brother-in-law Mike (Casey) Piechocki and Marne (Piechocki) Marshall; Nieces and Nephews: Glenn, John and Amy Miller; Jack (Heidi), Eden, Becca and Josh Piechocki; Noah and Gabbie Marshall; many treasured aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

A funeral service to celebrate Tony’s life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Private burial for the family will take place in Blythefield Memory Gardens.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be sent to Mike Piechocki at 7783 Oakmont Ct NE, Rockford, MI 49341 who will be setting up a college fund for Emma and Madison. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. 

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.