This Sunday, we’ll welcome the Rev. Twila Gibbens, the retired pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church as our guest preacher.
Rev. Gibbens was born in Oklahoma. Her father was a Methodist preacher and her mother was a teacher.
Her high school years of integration in OKC were formative and established a sense of love for diversity and a joy of music and performance.
She received a degree in History at Colorado College and a Masters of Divinity at Perkins/Southern Methodist University.
Rev. Gibbens served churches in West Texas and Oklahoma for 35 years and retired after 15 years at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Many of her years in ministry included co-pastoring churches with her former husband of 29 years. Being a female minister was new to most of those congregations and having a male partner helped churches ease into this new experience.
Twila has 3 grown sons and one granddaughter.
In retirement, Twila has been pursuing many interests: singing in the Voices of Unity choir that performs African American spirituals, reading, showing up for social justice in Tulsa, visiting many faith communities, and playing with her granddaughter.