“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
On a day just before Peggy lost the love of her life, her beloved Jon on June 22, 2005, she flipped the calendar for the day and read that famous quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s now on a sign in her home office as a reminder of those “many things” she would tell you she cannot do.
Ambassador President, Peggy Campbell has been our team leader since 2006. But the harbinger of her leadership came much earlier in 1977 after graduating from Biola University, and Ambassador was privileged to launch the radio ministry of Chuck Swindoll, Peggy signed on to assist in that endeavor with her dad, Al Sanders.
The years between 1977 and 2006, Peggy headed up Ambassador’s marketing efforts in a team effort with her husband, Jon as he served as President of the agency spanning over 30 years of marriage and ministry together.
All of us would tell you, there’s no one who knows stations and ministries better than she. And no one approaches both with greater integrity—certainly a legacy begun by her father, our founder, and carried into a new decade by our former president, Jon Campbell.
It is that legacy and her expertise that she intentionally instills into each new employee to assure the values and principles for which Ambassador has become known.
Peggy has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for National Religious Broadcasters as well as numerous NRB committees.
May 18, 2012, was another of those times Peggy would be reminded of the “sign” in her office, as she became the first woman to hold the position of Board Chair in the 112-year history of Azusa Pacific University—continuing in that role even beyond the usual tenure at the behest of the University President.
There’s no question the love and respect APU leadership and students have for Peg, especially those with whom she interacts with in a Senior Sem class she teaches with APU President, Jon Wallace. And there are few events on campus where Peggy is not involved in either addressing the board, faculty, staff, or students.
In celebration of the March, 2017 National Women’s History Month, California’s 48th Congressional District honored Peggy as their 2017 “Woman of the Year” in recognition of her contribution not only to Azusa Pacific University, but to the State as well, as one of the “remarkable women throughout California.”
Being at the helm for such a time as this—in two organizations on the cutting edge of a digital age, of changing mores and values—is indeed a daunting challenge. A challenge for which Peggy relies on in her life verse: “. . .so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the LORD to please Him in all respects bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
There’s no one with a more “fun” spirit than Peg—so note. . .
I’ve always wanted to. . .Jon wanted a riding mower; I wanted the lawn that requires it—filled with Scottish Terriers and maybe at the top of a hill that overlooks the ocean. Yes that’d be good.
At the top of my life list. . .exercising gratitude. . .it’s my survival technique, especially since becoming a widow ten years ago. They don’t call it exercising for nothing—but it reaps such great rewards, worth every drop of “sweat” to make it happen. 🙂
There’s nothing better than. . .a bike ride or river float at Sunriver—or a good meal someone else cooked for me!
When it comes to music. . .ahh—my other survival technique. Give me some great C-jazz, put the top down on the convertible and I’m “OK” once again.