Meet Pastor Brett Gibson
- Born August 31, 1977
- Enjoys reading and watching college football
- Married to DeAnna Sides Gibson
- Three children: Isaiah (born 4/16/09), Ezekiel (born 2/11/11), Micah (born 11/19/14)
personal ministry summary
Throughout my years as a worship pastor, Scripture has played a crucial role in the planning and leading of worship. The Holy Spirit uses Scripture to reveal Christ to us, and as we see the glory and beauty of the Savior, we are compelled to worship.
I have also come to believe that a well-established culture of evangelism and discipleship within a local church body is a determining factor in the growth and health of the church. As evident in scripture, this type of culture is best exemplified in the lives of church leadership. A church that celebrates this culture is a thriving and worshipping church.
How did you become a Christian?
I came to faith when I was 9. My father, who was pastoring a church at the time, led me to faith at home. It was through the influence of my parents, my church, and the music that we were singing at the time that the Lord used to open my eyes to my sin and cause me to trust Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins.
Describe your typical daily walk with Christ, including your devotional life.
My days typically start with about 30-45 minutes of prayer and time in the word. I try to do this at home before I leave for work. Some days that happens, and some days it does not. Currently, I am studying through the book of Philippians. I will occasionally use a devotional book, such as John Piper or Charles Spurgeon. There are usually things that come up throughout the work day that I go to the Lord about in prayer. I lead my family in a devotional time about twice a week outside of Sunday and Wednesday night small group.
Philosophy of Worship
There are five areas that I value as a worship leader and seek to thrive in:
- Tell the Story. What we sing is extremely important. Tony Merida once said that the songs we sing in worship are like “portable theology.” I greatly value the role Scripture has in leading us in worship. I seek to incorporate Scripture throughout the worship service.
- Insist on Congregational Involvement. The songs that we sing are of utmost importance, but we do need to sing! I seek to remove barriers/distractions that hinder our congregation from singing. I utilize a contemporary sound and style that draws from both historic and new song texts.
- Make True Disciples. Ultimately, this is the goal of the church. It is my desire and calling to do this through the music ministry of the church.
- Encourage Artistic Expression. Jesus is worthy of our efforts towards beauty in worship. I seek to make space for song writers, arrangers, and musicians to serve the Lord for the building up of the body.
- Lead Well. I have the heart of a pastor. I’m a “big picture” person that casts vision and seeks to utilize the best strategies in order to achieve that vision. With those two qualities, I seek to lead people well in their desire to love Jesus and love others.
- Worship Pastor at Holly Ridge Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC 2015-Present
- Worship Pastor at Miner Baptist Church in Sikeston, MO 2011-2015
- International Mission Board in Richmond, VA 2007-2010
- Licensed by Concord Baptist Church, AL
- Master of Divinity in Worship, May 2007 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY
- Bachelor of Science in Sacred Music, December 1999 from the University of North Alabama
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