Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor an
outstanding Man of God and friend of longstanding, Reverend Dr. Marcus
J. Gibson, who will celebrate his 20th anniversary as the distinguished
pastor of Greater Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus,
Georgia. Anniversary worship services will be held on Sunday, April 14,
2019, at the church.
Rev. Gibson is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who served our
nation honorably as a U.S. Army officer from 1995 to 1999, after
graduating from Watson Chapel High School. He went on to earn a
Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff, a Master of Divinity degree from the Morehouse School of
Religion, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from the McCormick
Theological Seminary. Over the years, he has continued to encourage
others to pursue advanced education through his service as an Adjunct
Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at the Beulah Heights
University Columbus extension site.
Always seeking to improve the craft of Christian ministry and
discipleship, Rev. Gibson has served as President of the Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education,
President of the Metro-Columbus Interdenominational Ministerial
Alliance, and Dean of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of
Georgia Congress of Christian Education.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Rev. Gibson is an active member of
many civic organizations where he continuously devotes his time and
energy to his community. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc. and is a Master Mason in Electric Light Lodge No. 45, Arkansas
Jurisdiction (Prince Hall Affiliation). Furthermore, Rev. Gibson has
served as a member of the Muscogee County (Georgia) Sheriff's Advisory
Board; a member of the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity, and
Prosperity; a member of the Citizens Trust Bank Columbus Advisory
Board; and has worked with numerous other community-based organizations
within the Columbus, Georgia area.
Rev. Gibson has achieved much in his life, but none of it would be
possible but for the Grace of God and the love and the support of his
son, MarDarius; and his daughter, MarKayla.
Madam Speaker, today I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian; and
me, along with the congregation of Greater Shady Grove Missionary
Baptist Church and more than 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second
Congressional District, in extending our sincerest congratulations to
Reverend Dr. Marcus J. Gibson on this joyous occasion. A man of great
accomplishment, he is an outstanding mentor, strong leader, and
prominent community activist, but above all, he is a faithful servant
of God.
116th Congress