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Consecration of Min. Betty Gibson

Biographical Sketch


Minister Betty J. Gibson was born on December 3rd, 1947 in New Orleans, LA, the fourth of eleven children, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Ruby Saunders.  She is the mother of seven children, grandmother of twenty-six, and great-grandmother of ten.

She completed her education in Brooklyn, NY.  At the age of ten, she was baptized at St. John Baptist Church in Rockaway Beach, Long Island.  Her professional life includes fifteen and a half years with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, where she not only gained a professional work ethic, but exceptional people skills.  Upon her eventual retirement, Min. Gibson relocated to Southern Pines to be closer to her family, and at that point, God directed her to First Missionary Baptist Church.  And we are so very glad that He did!

While at First Missionary, Min. Gibson has served with the Outreach Prayer Band, the Senior Citizen Club in the Taylortown community, Little Brothers and Little Sisters, the Hospitality Committee, as a member of the Mass and Sanctuary Choirs, as a Sunday school teacher, as prior Director of the Christian Education Department, and as a long time Deaconess of the church.

Her new role with FMBC is as Minister of Palatal Care, which will include directing the Palatal Care team responsible for the spiritual needs of the sick, convalescent, and bereaved members of our church.  During her time as Deaconess, she was trained in Pastoral Care, specifically in the areas of women’s and children’s needs.  This along with months of intensive classroom instruction and preparation certainly qualifies her for this new appointment.

Throughout her tireless work, her personal mission statement has always been, “God is not through with me yet.  Lord, fill my cup and let it overflow with love.  Teach me, O Lord, what You want me to know.”

Her appointment by Pastor Haire and FMBC on December 4th, 2011 makes her the first “daughter” of First Missionary Baptist Church, the first female licensed to preach in our church’s history, and we are blessed and proud that the honor has fallen on such a deserving woman of God.