Rev. Dr. Tanya Marie Eustace Campen is an ordained deacon and currently serves as the Director of Intergenerational Discipleship for the Rio Texas Conference.
Tanya holds a doctorate of philosophy in Christian education and congregational studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her research focus is children’s spirituality. She has 20 years of ministry experience including previous appointments in the local church and at Discipleship Ministries (an agency of the UMC).
Tanya writes regularly on issues concerning children, families, and intergenerational ministry. Grounded in United Methodist theology, Tanya’s ministry seeks to help all persons discover and live in response to God’s grace and love.
When Tanya is not at work, she can be found spending time with her husband Ryan Campen, their son (who they lovingly call “Thumper), and their Portuguese Water Dog, Bela Esperança (beautiful hope). The Campens enjoy worshiping at and participating in their faith community at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. They also enjoy spending time outside, listening to live music and theatre, and exploring their home of San Antonio, TX. Tanya and Bela are a registered therapy dog team so you might catch Bela working alongside Tanya in ministry.
Tanya also spends a lot of her free time outside- experiencing God’s beautiful creation. Running, cycling, and yoga help keep Tanya connected to God as well as personal meditation, prayer, and her time with beloved friends and family. Tanya has completed three marathons and a Bike MS 150 mile ride. Tanya believes that God is actively present in the lives of all people and enjoys discovering God in every life moment.