Alan Campbell (pastor)
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Pastor Alan Campbell is the Pentecostal pastor of the Restored Open Bible Ministries in Belfast, Northern Ireland, director of Restored Open Bible Ministries and a scholar and lecturer in the British Israelism movement. Campbell is popular in Historicist circles because of his Reformed theology in the identification of the Papacy as the Antichrist of Biblical prophecy.
Campbell's ministry, including his website, has now been closed.
Alan Campbell was born in Belfast on 7 August 1949 into a staunchly Presbyterian home, in a Roman Catholic area. His grandmother was a very firm adherent of the doctrine of British Israelism, and thus he was exposed to this teaching from a very early age. Despite his upbringing, however, he did not convert to Christianity until 19 September 1965, in the Ravenhill Free Presbyterian Church after listening to a sermon by Ian Paisley.
Because of his "Kingdom Identity" views (which hold that Israel, not the church, is the bride of Christ, in contradiction to the teachings of the Westminster Confession of Faith) and his conversion to Pentecostalism, Campbell left the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and no longer continues to promote Ian Paisley and his literature.
Campbell began preaching in May 1974, and preached his first sermon on Bible prophecy on 24 September 1978. He was officially ordained to the ministry by Dr Francis Thomas on 18 July 1988. He graduated from the University of London with a bachelor's degree in history, and from the Queen's University of Belfast with a Certificate in Biblical Studies. He held the post of head of religious studies at Newtownabbey Community High School near Belfast where he was subject to at least one Ministry of Education inspection because of concerns about his teaching methods. He holds fiercely anti-Catholic views (referring to Catholics as worshipping a "wafer God") and uses his website to disseminate these sentiments. He is author of a number of Bible study books, and has lectured on Protestant and Prophetic platforms throughout the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. However, his ministry was decidedly centred in Ulster, and many of his messages dealt with the political situation there. Campbell has contact with the Christian Assemblies International.
Campbell was sent a death threat on 7 June 1999, in the form of some mailed ammunition and a warning to leave the country in seventy-two hours. The threat was disregarded by the police.
The Sunday Life reported in December 2013, that Campbell's church had closed. Speaking to Sunday Life about the closure, Campbell said he had been seriously ill earlier that year.
On Tuesday 31st May 2016, Alan Campbell was mentioned in a report submitted to the Kincora and Bawnmore module of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. On page 126+127 it was stated that Alan Campbell had been acquitted of an alleged sexual assault on a young boy. The report recommended that charges of perverting the course of justice should be brought relating to the trial.