Reverend Carl Lorenzo Gipson, Sr., affectionately known to many as “Gip”, was born July 28, 1956, to the late Ardis and Robbie Gipson, Sr. in Warwick, VA (now Newport News, VA).
He was raised in Lake Providence, LA with his six siblings where he attended Southside Elementary School, Griffin Junior High School, and Lake Providence Senior High School. He matriculated at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. During this time he enrolled in Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, served as a seaman in the United States Navy Reserve, and pledged the Rho chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. Most recently, he attended the United Theological Seminary in Monroe, LA.
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