Pendleton, Pilot Rock Churches Welcome New Pastor

July 18, 2019 | Church | Doris Olson

Gary Jon Gibson and his wife, Elizabeth, have moved to Pendleton, Ore., with their four children — Johnathan, Jared, Josiah and Jocelyn — to accept God’s call to pastor the Pendleton and Pilot Rock churches.

Gary worked 12 years as a systems engineer for Rockwell Collins Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before accepting God’s challenge to go back to college (2012–2015) to become a full-time pastor. Even though Gary is fairly new to the ministry, his five-generation Adventist background has helped him develop a strong, diversified look at all aspects of leading a church.

Using Christ's method as heaven's way of reaching those who are searching, he encourages church leaders and members to mingle with members and community alike, showing sympathy, ministering to their needs and winning their confidence before inviting them to follow Jesus. At the forefront of Gary’s message to lead people to follow Jesus are love and prayers initiating the formation of prayer groups to include prayer training.

According to Elizabeth, “The boys love outdoor things like camping, hiking, skiing. The family enjoys road trips, especially if they involve stops at national parks. We are DIYers who can often be found fixing up and decorating their home.”

The Pendleton and Pilot Rock churches are looking forward to embracing this family as members of our churches.