Stanley Campbell, Executive Director
Stanley Campbell was hired in 1985 as director of Rockford Urban Ministries, an outreach of 20+ United Methodist congregations, supported by the Northern IL Conference. Sometimes called “The only paid peace activist in Rockford Illinois,” he is happy to have a career that lets him do what he loves: peace & justice work for the Lord.
Stanley says “as a Vietnam veteran, that’s where I learned to hate war and love peace. Upon my return home, I marched with other veterans against that war.” A long-time Rockford resident, he found healing by helping others, and established the Rock Valley food pantry after graduating from Rock Valley Community College in 1976.
Since hired by RUM (as it is affectionately known) Mr. Campbell started non-profit organizations including JustGoods fair trade market, Rockford Work Camps, and the Harm Reduction Outreach, a needle exchange and counseling program to IV drug users and street sex providers (which is now no longer in operation).
RUM moved to Seventh Street in Rockford and established a “shalom zone” to put ever diminishing resources into one area. Helping the local nonprofits, primarily Zion Development, RUM brought in work crews, helped shut down bars and liquor establishments, and founded a fair trade store. A wind generator now graces the building, thanks to the generosity of individuals and churches throughout the Northern IL Conference.
The RUM office is at 201 Seventh Street, where Mr. Campbell is waiting to help you discover God’s Love through mission & ministry.
He speaks out against war, urban sprawl, and treating the poor poorly. He speaks in favor of helping those less fortunate, for safer communities, and getting involved in mission & peace issues.
Linda Goetz, Office Assistant
Linda comes in Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually from 1pm to 4pm, and has been known to work even weekends. A great friend of RUM, and a miracle worker.