About The Campbell Family
WHO ARE THE CAMPBELL'S?
Many Above Rubies readers have asked me to share more information about our family. Here we go.
Colin and I both are both blessed to come from a godly Christian heritage. We are grateful for this legacy. I believe God’s plan is for building godly generations so that His truth is passed on from one generation to the next. They say that the most difficult time of a relay race is to pass the baton to the next runner. We must be careful that we don’t drop the baton as we seek to impart God’s truth to the next generation.
As a child I remember my godly grandparents and now I am seeing their great-great grandchildren (my grandchildren) being taught in God’s ways – that’s five generations in my lifetime following the Lord. Isn’t that incredible?
Colin’s great grandmother was an intercessor and she prayed for the coming generations. They have felt the power of her prayers. Colin is one of nine children, the majority of whom are involved in full-time service for the Lord. His brothers and sisters have raised wonderful children who are now raising their children in the ways of God. What a blessing.
Our parents were also godly people. They have now all passed away, the most recent parting being my father, Ivan Bowen, who went to glory on the 29th December 2007. He was nearly 92 years of age.
We are New Zealanders and lived there until 1982 when we moved to Australia, apart from 1963-64 when we did missionary work in the Philippines. My husband pastored in New Zealand for many years and then pioneered a church on the Gold Coast of Australia. We lived there for nearly 10 years and came to America in 1991. We came to America for the purpose of ministering to families although Colin also pastors a fellowship of believers in Franklin, Tennessee.
What about our children? We raised six children who are all married and we currently have 37 grandchildren. As if that isn’t enough, in March of 2007 Colin and I adopted four teenagers from the war-torn country of Liberia, West Africa. Their names are John, Psalmody, Sapphire and Mercy.
Although we originally come from New Zealand, we are very blessed that all our children and grandchildren live near us. The three married daughters and their husbands and families live on adjacent land in Primm Springs. The three married sons and their wives and families live in the city of Franklin which is only an hour away from Primm Springs.
Wesley is the oldest. He is married to Sharon and they have four children—Chanel, Grace, Anna and John Wesley (Jack). Chanel, our oldest granddaughter, recently celebrated her 21st birthday (8 January 2008). Wesley brought the Newsboys to America from Australia. He also was involved in setting up Inpop Records here in Nashville and continues to be involved in music management and a number of other companies.
Evangeline is married to Howard Johnson and they have nine children--Zadok, Sharar, Rashida, Crusoe, Jireh, Arrow, Tiveria, Sahara and Iqara. Howard is an inventor.
Stephen is married to Simone and they have three children—Gabrielle (Gabi), Josephine (JoJo) and Oliver. Stephen manages the Newsboys and other music productions.
Rocklyn is married to Monique. They have three children—Joshua, Harrison (Harry) and Maxwell (Max). Rocklyn trades the future markets.
Pearl is married to Charlie Barrett and they have five children –Meadow, Bowen, Rocklyn (yes, Rocklyn is named after his uncle!), Noble and Autumn Rose. Charlie is a music producer and also runs a pawn shop part time.
Serene is married to Samuel Allison and they have 13 children, eight of whom are adopted from Liberia, West Africa—Selah, Kula, Jabin, Naomi, Ruthie, Isaiah, Arden Chalice, Cherish, Cedar, Engedi, Vision and Shepherd. Pray for them as they pour their lives into all these children, many of whom have great emotional needs. Sam has a painting business.
Nancy Campbell, as of January 2008