Jared Wielfaert

Mary McCampbell

Criticism, Film, Spirituality, Theology, Workshop Leaders

Dr. Mary McCampbell is an author, educator, and speaker whose publications span the worlds of literature, film, and popular music. This interdisciplinary focus is also present in her book, Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy. You can find her public-facing writing in outlets such as Image Journal, The Curator, The Other Journal, Relevant, Christianity Today, and her biweekly substack newsletter, The Empathetic ImaginationHer academic publications include chapters or articles on contemporary fiction and popular culture in Isn’t it Ironic?: Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture, ASAP Journal, Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination, and Jesmyn Ward: New Critical Essays.

Mary was one of the organizers of Calvin University's Festival of Faith and Music from 2009-2017, and she frequently speaks and teaches on the theological significance of popular music, film, and fiction. She was the Summer 2014 Writer-in-Residence at L’Abri Fellowship in Greatham, England and a 2018 Scholar-in-Residence at Regent Theological College in Vancouver, Canada.

You can read Mary’s writing and find out about her book at marywmccampbell.com.

Festival Years: 2004, 2010, 2024