Bishop[ Thomas Gibson, founder of Gospel Tabernacle Church, was born in Louisiana, left home at the age of 14 to St. Louis, MO. After many years, the Lord saved him and he pastored the Lively Stone Church in St. Louis for 19 years. He then left St. Louis and was Evangelizing the Gospel to many dying men and women throughout the country - including Boston and Hartford, Connecticut for three years before coming to New York State.
In the year 1935, Bishop Thomas Gibson came to New Rochelle, N.Y., and in early spring there he erected a tent at De Witt Place and Clinton, for services, but unfortunately it had to be removed. Later he erected the tent on 28 Winyah Avenue, which is now known as Lincoln Avenue. This was not an easy task, but the Lord gave the Bishop strength and courage to fight the good fight of faith.
It was getting cool while serving in the tent, and he prayed and asked God for a place for these people who had labored with him at the tent. And the Lord answered his prayer by showing him this place of worship and making it possible to be had.
And in October 1935 around 7:30 p.m., Bishop Thomas Gibson and congregation marched from the tent to "Gospel Tabernacle Church," 99 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle.
Bishop Thomas Gibson who founded this church, had worked untirely through the years, and had been active through the community for some time, is now in retirement in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been relieved of the responsibility by his son, Elder David Gibson, Pastor and Elder Thomas Young, Assistant Pastor. Bishop Thomas Gibson, founder, will observe his 36th Anniversary at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 99 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y., starting November 1st through November 5th, 1971.