– She was the first woman to be Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches.
– She was the first woman to be Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches.
1990 – The first ordained woman to be General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
– Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is an ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church.
– She is the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution.
2005 – She is a honorary degree recipient.