Discipleship Q & A
Interviewing Luke Campton
What does the word ‘discipleship’ mean to you?
I have been blessed to have great mentors and champions of the faith walk with me as I reflected and discovered my need for God, and challenged and supported me to seek the gift of grace.
Did anyone disciple you and what effect did that have on you?
Yes, there were many! Often I have been invited and challenged through discipleship by a good Christian family, youth leaders and church elders, without realising until much later that I was being discipled. I also saw the value of their love.
What has been the most helpful thing that someone has said to you?
‘Luke, I don’t think you are a Christian!’ This challenge was backed up by months of patient bible instruction and pastoral care. It was a real turning point for me.
Were there any issues that you struggled with?
Sin! I often want to see fruit in my life and in mission immediately. I often lack a patient reliance on God.
Are there any passages of scripture that have shaped your life?
Psalm 121 has been a recurring blessing in my life.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121 NIV
What is your role at the prison?
I am employed by Anglican Health and Welfare (AHW) to coordinate Chaplaincy. I am part of an excellent team who support the faith of inmates, assist their families, bring in volunteers and spiritual visitors and provide pastoral care to correctional officers.
What do you find difficult?
Juggling priorities within a varied role has its days! I love working to support harmony in the community, and enjoy it when good people and churches welcome back and support ex-offenders, being salt and light in the world.
Do you find Christians in prison?
Many! We have a great demand for services, bibles and spiritual materials. The opportunity for reflection and repentance means many turn to faith, and find great comfort in God’s grace.
We also meet many who are searching, or from other faiths, and we love to hear their story and support their journey.
The Prison management are always very supportive and recognise the importance of wholistic care. Bishop Richard as Chair of AHW is committed to chaplaincy and we appreciate the vision he has for AHW and the chaplains. (Thank you Bishop Richard!)
What have you learnt from being a chaplain?
I have been lucky to be a chaplain to a primary school, college, charity, animal shelter and now the state prisons. There is a special privilege in being a chaplain and responding to the spiritual and emotional needs of each space.
I have learnt the value of listening, being genuine, asking for prayer and sharing mission with others.