Rev. Kampen was born in the Netherlands. His family immigrated to Canada and settled in Orangeville, where he spent his teenage years. He attended Orangeville District Secondary School, where he met his wife, Kim. Their marriage has been blessed with five daughters, all of whom are now married with children of their own. Currently, they have nineteen grandchildren.
After graduating from ODSS, he obtained his BA Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979 and his Master of Divinity at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton in 1983. That year he began his ministry in Houston, BC, where he stayed nearly five years. Subsequently, he served a congregation in Edmonton, AB, for four years. Following this, he served a congregation in Langley, BC, for fourteen years. During his time in Langley, he obtained his Master of Theology Degree at Regent College in Vancouver. He became the minister of the Orangeville congregation in 2006.
Beside his task as minister, he enjoys spending time with his family, tending his gardens and woodworking.