Pastor Prince Albert Gipson, Jr. passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Willis Knighton Medical in Shreveport, La. Reverend Gipson was the founding pastor of the Christ Temple Baptist Church where he served as the spiritual leader for 26 years. The homegoing service for Pastor Gipson is set for Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Galilee Baptist Church, 1500 Pierre Avenue, Shreveport, La, where the pastor is the Rev. Brian Wilson. His middle brother, the Rev William C. Gipson of Philadelphia, PA, will bring the sermon.
Prince Gipson was born January 30, 1953 in Monroe, La to Rev Prince Gipson, Sr and Mrs. Lubertha Bledsoe Grayson. He was their first born child. Both preceded him in death. The young family lived in Little Rock, AR; New Boston, TX; and Ida Belle, OK.
Early on Prince exhibited a strong intellect and interest in the world around him. His siblings looked up to him starting in youth and that admiration remained throughout his life. He attended Lincoln Elementary School in Monroe. He completed his public education in Lafayette, IN, graduating from Lafayette Jefferson High School. He is an alumnus of Purdue University and Louisiana Baptist University. Pastor Gipson is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a Merit Graduate of the US Air Force Leadership School at Barksdale Air Force Base. And in the spirit of his pastor/activist father, Pastor Gipson was the founding organizer and president of the Bossier Parish NAACP which he led from 1986-88.
In addition to his pastoral service at Christ Temple, Pastor Gipson served as minister of Christian Education at Galilee Baptist Church and Professor of Systematic Theology at Louisiana University and Seminary. Pastor Gipson was also the founder and Executive Director of Eagles Wings Baptist Ministries, Inc and its Millenium Scholarship Fund which has awarded multiple thousands of dollars to select high school graduates in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements.
Left to cherish his memory and his love are his wife, the former Sherita Mack of Monroe who lovingly and devotedly attended to him over his eight weeks in the hospital, as well as his nine children, 15 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Also, his siblings, his many ministerial friends, his beloved Christ Temple Baptist Church congregation, and friends from his various life experiences will all miss him.
Thanks be to God for Pastor Gipson!