by Robert Jackson
Special to the Tri-State Defender
Dr. Eugene L. Gibson Jr., senior pastor of the Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church (OFBC) on Knight Arnold Road in Memphis, was recently inducted into the prestigious Board of Preachers at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity at the MLK International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Dr. Gibson was one of 36 people in the U.S. inducted this year into the MLK International Chapel’s Board of Preachers. Each year, The Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers recognizes pastors and other ordained clergy engaged in ministry as their primary professional vocation and who have distinguished themselves as exemplary spiritual leaders in the ethical tradition of Dr. King.
Founding dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Lawrence Carter, created the Board of Preachers 27 years ago to honor King’s legacy. Citizens in the public or private sectors and academicians are also recognized, and more than 800 people have been inducted into the College of Ministers and Laity since its founding.
The mission of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College is to teach, encourage, inspire and support the development of “everyone we touch as ambassadors of the Beloved World Community.” The vision is that the Chapel will be a beacon for students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as others from around the world, who seek a meaningful connection with Dr. King’s World House values of ethics, nonviolence, service and unity.
Dr. Gibson has served in full time ministry in several capacities. He was the Minister of Music for both the Mission of Faith and New Faith Baptist Churches under the leadership of his late father, Pastor Eugene Gibson Sr. and Dr. Frank A. Thomas. Upon graduation from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he was recruited by the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church as Associate Pastor to the Men, before being named senior pastor of OFBC in 2003.
Dr. Gibson received his Bachelor of Theology from Christian Bible College. He received his Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he obtained his Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He is married to Nicole Gibson, and they have two daughters, Trinity Essence and Taylor Imani.