Reverend Stephen W. Camp, M. Div.
The Reverend Stephen W. Camp was born and raised in the Hartford area. He was nurtured in his faith here at Faith Congregational Church from birth until he went off to college. He was educated in the Bloomfield Public School system through high school. After working for a couple of years for the State Receiving Home for Children, Rev. Camp attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and Philosophy. Rev. Camp furthered his education at the Chicago Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. After graduation, he was called to ministry as pastor of the Lincoln Memorial Congregational, United Church of Christ in Chicago where he served seven years. Rev. Camp later accepted a position as Executive Director of the newly developed South Side Health Project located on the south side of Chicago. This project was designed to provide basic quality medical care for economically poor women and children. The project was funded by major foundation grants and continues to reach out and serve those in need.
During this period, Rev. Camp was asked to open two elderly housing complexes (HUD 202) for the Evangelical Health System on the west side of Chicago. After seeing the project to its completion, Rev. Camp accepted the call to minister two small UCC congregations in Dayton, Ohio. Under his leadership the smaller churches were merged into one congregation known as Faith United Church of Christ, creating a vibrant justice and community minded ministry. After several years in this ministry, Rev. Camp served in the newly created position as Associate Executive Minister of Local Church Ministries in the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Two years later, he was offered and accepted the position of Conference Minister of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.
While serving the Southern Conference, Rev. Camp helped the racially diverse conference re-imagine a new future, stabilize the financial challenges the conference faced, started several new programs including a Southern Conference Foundation, a training program for lay ministers moving toward ordination, and moved the conference into a new building which serves as the conference’s administrative home.
In the Southern Conference, Rev. Camp served as a trustee of Elon University, the United Church Homes and Services Board, three Outdoor Ministries sites, and was active with the North Carolina and Virginia Council of Churches. Rev. Camp has been a member of the Executive Council of the United Church of Christ, the Council of Conference Ministers, and the Cornerstone Fund (the UCC banking entity) of the national setting of the United Church of Christ. He is also an active part of the Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ) and the UCC United Black Christians.
On September 20, 2009, Rev. Camp was called to be the Senior Pastor of Faith Congregational Church, Hartford’s oldest black church. He currently serves on the boards of ImmaCare, Inc. (formerly known as Immaculate Conception Shelter), the Hartford Seminary, and the Conference of Churches.
Rev. Camp is married to Patricia Camp, a lawyer, former magistrate and master educator. They are the proud parents of 7 children and 7 grandchildren. Rev. Camp enjoys gardening, especially growing roses, fishing, reading, traveling and motorcycle riding.