By: Tom Gibbons
July 31, 2020
I was born and raised on a farm in rural Ontario Canada. I was born into a Christian home and learned about Christ from a young age. My family was very involved in the ministry at our home church, and so at the age of five after an AWANA club meeting I gave my heart to the Lord. At the age of ten I followed the Lords’ leading and was baptized. I was very involved in the church while growing up serving with my family whenever we could.
Upon completing High School, I enrolled in New Brunswick Bible Institute and completed their Bachelor of Theology program. It was during this time at Bible School God called me into the ministry and I also met my wife Abby. Abby is from the State of Maine and also had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. She gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized at a young age.
We have been serving together at Lighthouse Fellowship Baptist Church in Kincardine Ontario since August of 2010. God has also blessed us with 4 beautiful children: Judah, Hannah, Luke and Faith.
Abby and I both had the privilege of growing up in churches where missions were a priority. We have also been able to experience mission work through short term trips – Abby to India with Bibles International and I to Cuba, Ecuador and Uruguay with various mission organizations. We were introduced to GMSA while at Bible College in New Brunswick. Pastor Jerry Vanderveen was the GMSA’s rep in Atlantic Canada and would speak during chapel. Our involvement in GMSA grew when we were hired on staff at Lighthouse. We served under Pastor Eric and Judy Watson and it was through them we have had the privilege of becoming more involved in the mission and meeting many of the missionaries.
Recently I was reading in 2 Chronicles 31 and verse 20-21 struck me: “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.” May we continue to work for the Lord and seek Him with all our heart and may He prosper the work for His glory.”