|First Lady LaVette D. Gibson|
Evangelist LaVette D. Gibson was raised in a Christian home and with the strong influence of an extended Christian family. She is the great-granddaughter of two great spiritual leaders: the late Rev. Thomas Jones, Pastor and Founder of Peoples’ United Community Church; and the late, beloved Mother L.O. Hale, the former State Supervisor, Southern California Jurisdiction One. At the age of sixteen years old, LaVette accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord at the State Youth Department’s Christmas Revival. In 1974, just before departing for her freshman year at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, LaVette received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This experience equipped her for the challenges that were ahead.
At Spelman, LaVette majored in Political Science with an emphasis in pre-law. Her career goal was to become a criminal lawyer. It was towards the end of her sophomore year that she received her calling into the ministry with these words from the Lord: “Your vocation and ministry shall be one.” In obedience to this call, LaVette left Spelman at the end of her sophomore year, and enrolled in Southern California College in Costa Mesa. Southern California College (which now is Vanguard University) is a Liberal Arts Christian College sponsored by the Assembly of God denomination. There, LaVette majored in Religion/Biblical studies and graduated with a B.A. Degree in 1980.
It was on December 26, 1981 that the then LaVette D. Beamon was united in holy matrimony with Minister Ronnie M. Gibson at the Christian Life Church in Long Beach, California. From the beginning of their union, the couple worked as a dynamic team in Christian ministry conducting numerous revivals throughout Southern California. In 1983, the Gibson’s were led of the Lord to move to the city of Riverside, California. They thought the move was simply for real estate, but God soon revealed to them His purpose.
In May 1987, Sister LaVette Gibson assisted her husband in the establishment of Life Church Of God In Christ located in Riverside, California. The Lord has tremendously blessed this work – even beyond their greatest expectations! At Life Church, Sister LaVette serves as the Chief Administrator, Instructor of the New Members’ Class, President of the Missionary Unit, and President of the Women’s Department. The Women of Life. In May 2002, with the Women of Life, she will birth the Life Builders’ Conference- a gathering ordained of God for the edification of the Body of Christ.
In 1986, LaVette received her Evangelist Missionary License under the late Mother Lillian A. Morris. In addition to laboring by the side of Pastor Ron Gibson, Sister LaVette ministers the Word of the Lord with clarity, power and demonstration. She ministers particularly at Women’s Retreats, Services, and Seminars, being used mightily of the Lord in the area of healing to the wounded soul. Also, she serves in the State Women’s Department under the unparalleled leadership of Dr. Barbara McCoo Lewis in the following ministries: State Examination Board, State Women’s Convention Program Chairperson, State Executive Board, President of New Dimensions, and Co-Chairperson of the Pastors’ Wives Symposium of the Leadership Conference. In January 2001, Mother Lewis appointed Sister Gibson as Marshal of the Jurisdictional Women’s Department.
When God first called Evangelist LaVette Gibson she had no idea where and how He would use her. Now, she says with understanding and conviction, “Where He leads me, I will follow.”