ANGLICAN DIOCESE APPOINTS NEW DEAN
His Grace, The Most Reverend Archbishop of the Province of the West Indies and Bishop of Barbados, Dr. John Holder, announced the appointment of The Rev. Canon Dr. Jeffrey D. Gibson, as Dean of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels effective February 1st, 2016.
58-year-old Dr. Gibson studied at The Boys’ Foundation School and The Barbados Community College. After teaching at the then St. Gabriel’s Secondary school for two years he entered Codrington College in September 1978 to test his vocation to the sacred ministry. He graduated in 1982 with a First Class Honours Degree in Theology from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; and a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from Codrington.
In the following year he was awarded a Master of Theology Degree (Th.M.) from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, USA. In May 2015 earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree (DMin.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana, USA.
After ordination as Deacon, July 25th 1983 he served as Assistant Curate at St. Matthias Church, Hastings. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 23rd 1984 and later transferred to served a further curacy at Christ Church Parish Church under the guidance of the Rev. Canon Ivan Harewood, October 1st, 1984.
On January 1st, 1986 he was appointed Incumbent of the parish of Holy Trinity, St. Philip and served there for eight and half years during which time he inspired several new Lay Ministries and positioned the church to further engage the increasingly growing civil parish of St. Philip.
On July 1st, 1994 he was appointed Rector of the suburban parish, St. Leonard, Bridgetown and oversaw significant maintenance of its site and facilities; and pioneered several creative ministries which have engaged both members as well as the community in general.
In particular much mutual fulfillment has been derived in Christian Education, Stewardship Education and Development Programme and Worship Ministries. But perhaps, the most satisfying have been the Pastoral Care Programme where the sick, the shut-in and the bereaved have been ministered to; and the Social Ministries: Wednesday Windows and Fragments; the former is an after school ministry to children of the community, and the latter a ministry which offers a meal and other material support to people in need on the last Friday of each monthly.
These ministries have been sustained by the generosity of parishioners and well wishes to the parish who have offered their time, talents and treasure to the glory of God and the development of the community.
In additional to parish work, he has served as a Part-time Lecturer in Christian Ethics at both his alma mater Codrington College as well as the Barbados Community College. He has also rendered civic service in a number of areas, including as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Government Industrial Schools, Chairman of the Board of Management of the St. Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School and Deputy Chairman of the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Board.
Dr. Gibson has been a keen sportsman through the years and has played competitive volleyball and cricket at various levels. He is a member of the Pickwick Cricket Club and a life member of the Barbados Cricket Association and has served the association as chaplain from time to time. During the Cricket World Cup 2007 he led a relatively successful Cricket Mission and St. Leonard became the venue for several events which addressed issues pertaining to the residents who were impacted by the redevelopment of Kensington Oval.
Dr. Gibson by his virtue of his education, training and aptitude is well qualified to plan, organize and oversee further development in the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All angels as well as to share with the Diocesan Bishop and his other colleagues in ministry the oversight of the Church’s mission.
Dr. Gibson is married to the former Rosemary Bentham (1985) and they are the parents of two daughters Leah and Joelle.