Bishop Ismael Martín del Campo is the Vice President of the Apostolic Assembly.
He was born May 11, 1963 in Mexico City. The eldest of nine, at the age of twelve his father died and he became his family’s provider. He is a gifted counselor having placed in God’s hands this early experience with pain. Bishop Martín del Campo has counseled thousands of Hispanic families in America. Filled with the Holy Spirit at the age of thirteen, he was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ on August 6, 1978.
Desiring to better prepare himself, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Baptist Seminary of Mexico in 1987. He planted two churches in Mexico City. In 1993 he received a small and indebted church in South Gate, California. Today the First South Gate Apostolic Assembly has grown to become a large and debt-free congregation.
An author and historian, his peers elected him as Bishop Supervisor of the Los Angeles District in 2003. He organized the Azusa Street Revival Centennial celebration in 2006. He was later elected that year Secretary of Christian Education at the General Convention. Compelled by the great work that Apostolic pastors bear he has in these last eight years created graduate level accredited programs for pastors. He has also established the Apostolic Assembly’s Historical Archives and organized dozens of Church Growth seminars. He is the Apostolic Theological Seminary’s founder. The 2014 General Convention elected him Bishop Vice President.
He earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religion from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico in 2012 and is in the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, Illinois).
He and his wife Oralia reside in the Los Angeles area and have two children, Ismael III (married to Elizabeth) and Jasiel.
The Bishop Vice President assists the Bishop President in his duties, is the Bishop President’s successor if the Bishop President is unable to fulfill his duties, and directs different special projects of the General Board. He is the Editor of the Constitution, Website and Social Media Director and the General Manager of the Apostolic Assembly’s headquarters.