Our Pastor


Dr. Walter R. Gibson, Jr. was born November 15, 1971 in Houston, Texas to the proud parents of Walter R. Gibson, Sr. and Opal Gibson. In November 1989, God in His sovereign wisdom, called Walter to preach and proclaim the word of God. He was licensed by the late Dr. C.D. Daniels, Jr. and the Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church and later ordained by F.C. Holiday and the Lighthouse Baptist Church.

In 1990 he entered Southern Methodist University and earned a BA Degree in December 1994.

In his perpetual pursuit to know more about the ministry and serving humanity for the cause of Christ, Dr. Gibson began his theological training at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston), and Houston Graduate School of Theology where he earned his Master’s Degree (2001), and Doctor of Ministry (2014)

In December 2006, God navigated Walter’s life to Lansing, MI where he serves as the proud pastor of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Upon his installment as pastor the membership was approximately 275 members. Through his inspirational teaching, preaching and leadership, the ministry of Pilgrim Rest has grown to over 900 members and continues to grow each and every Sunday. Since becoming pastor, he has implemented active in-house and outside ministries.

Dr. Gibson formerly served as president of The Church of Greater Lansing (2012-2013), a body of 40 plus churches that serve the Greater Lansing area as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. He currently serves as an active board member. He has been a featured lecturer for the Wolverine State Convention of Christian Education, and his gift of preaching and teaching has carried him to pulpits across the country.

familyMost importantly, Dr. Gibson is a saved and born again believer. He is a Spirit filled, Bible believing and a resurrection sharing believer in the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the author of the inspirational book No More Business As Usual that tackles the issues of personal integrity, devotion, and commitment. He is married to the love of his life, Tarsha. They have two dynamic sons, Cameron and Christian.

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