Bart Campolo

Bart Campolo

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 2005 he returned to street-level ministry in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. In 2014 he moved to Los Angeles to become the first humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, from which he launched his podcast and his counseling practice, both of which now reach people around the world.

Since returning to Cincinnati in 2017, Bart has continued to focus on inspiring and equipping people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing goodness and meaning in an openly secular way. He presently serves as the humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati.

Over three decades of Christian ministry, Bart Campolo became increasingly committed to building loving relationships, working for a better world and cultivating a sense of gratitude for the wonders of life.  Now, as a community builder, counselor, podcaster, and humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati, Bart aims to inspire and assist people around the world who are banding together to actively pursue goodness in and openly secular way.

[Presentation] Learning and Teaching the Art of Truly Connecting

The headlines are all about sexual violence and harassment, but we also face an epidemic of sexual - and romantic - disconnection, wherein more and more people find themselves feeling lonely and dissatisfied no matter how much sex they’re having. Relationship coach and humanist university chaplain Bart Campolo is here to help, offering some practical suggestion for teaching ourselves - and our kids - what we all really need to know about making love…and making friends.