Bishop Kenneth L. Gibson, '79, will be the guest pastor for Claflin University's annual Homecoming Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel.
Bishop Gibson is the pastor of Savannah Grove and Jordan Chapel Free Will Baptist churches. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion and philosophy from Claflin University. He received a master of education degree in counseling and psychology from Troy University. He has done further studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta and the Morehouse School of Religion.
Gibson was consecrated to the sacred office of bishop on July 15, 2017. He holds the rank of captain in the US Army Reserve (retired). He is also employed as an in-school coordinator at Lake City High School.
His civic and fraternal affiliations include the following:
• Presiding Prelate - United Free Will Baptist International Conference (2017-present)
• Moderator - United Free Will Baptist International Conference (1997-2017)
• Chairman - Free Will Baptist Executive Board (1997-Present)
• Chairman - Free Will Baptist Board of Council
• Member - Free Will Baptist Young People Christian League (Y.P.C.L.) Conference
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• Member - Free Will Baptist Women's Conference
• Member - Free Will Baptist Sunday School Conference
• Member - Savannah Grove Freewill Baptist Church
• Member - Olive Grove Masonic Lodge #339
• Member - Olive Grove Lodge #188 Order of Eastern Stars
• Chaplain - Phi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
• President - Florence Chapter of Claflin University International Alumni Association
• President - Town of Coward Democratic Caucus
• President - Town of Coward Area Voter's League
Gibson has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has received more than 200 awards and certificates for his achievements. On June 6, 2002, he received a resolution from the South Carolina House of Representatives for 20 years of service to the Savannah Grove Free Will Baptist Church. On Aug. 9, 1998, Bishop Gibson received a proclamation from the Honorable George M. McKelvery, Mayor of the city of Youngtown, Ohio, for his appearance as guest revivalist at the Holy Bible Church of God.