Jeffrey A. Gibbs

Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs joined the faculty at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1992; he teaches New Testament. Dr. Gibbs is a teacher and a writer, a pastor and a preacher. Raised in eastern Pennsylvania, Indiana, and southeast Texas, Dr. Gibbs entered seminary in 1975.

After seminary training, he was ordained into the pastoral ministry in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1979 and called to two congregations in northwestern Oregon. Serving there for 10 years (1979-89), Dr. Gibbs learned how to be a pastor and a preacher. By mere human ways of speaking, the ministry was successful. By 1996, numerical growth enabled the two-point parish to divide and for a new pastoral candidate to be called to one congregation while Dr. Gibbs continued as pastor to the other. Since Christianity in any of its traditions is not strong in the Pacific Northwest, there were many adult baptisms, as new Christians joined the congregations. Through it all, however, it seemed certain that only God knew what was really happening, and the only thing to do was to preach and share the Word of Christ and to try to love the people of God and others in the community.

At the encouragement of others (mostly especially his wife, Renee), Dr. Gibbs entered doctoral work in Bible Studies in 1989 at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Richmond, Va. He studied under a renowned faculty, including James Luther Mayes, Paul J. Achtemeier, and his doktorvater, Jack Dean Kingsbury; he was awarded the Ph.D. in 1995, focusing his research and writing on the Gospel according to Matthew.

If you asked Dr. Gibbs what he had spent his life doing, he might say something fairly non-dramatic, like, “Well, I just keep doing the next thing that God puts in front of me.” Since being called in 1992 to teach at St. Louis, Dr. Gibbs has been a conference speaker for pastors and laity in many venues. He is at present also the part-time pastoral assistant at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in south St. Louis, and preaches and teaches the Scripture there regularly.

Dr. Gibbs and Renee (nee Snyder) were high school sweethearts. They were married in 1973 at Grace Lutheran, Orange, Texas. Renee is a teacher with specialization in learning disabilities (M.A.T., Webster University); she is also a capable lay theologian (M.A. in Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary). Her current vocation takes her actively into the life of the Seminary community, most especially to support and nurture other women in their faith. Renee is a conference speaker and retreat leader for Christian women. She and Dr. Gibbs are active in life-affirming ministry, especially on behalf of unborn children and post-abortive women and men.

When they are not traveling the country to visit their grown children and (increasing numbers of) grandchildren they are both avid runners — “avid” in the sense of “committed, persistent, and slowing down.” Dr. Gibbs has a regular goal of running at least 1,000 miles each year. Since turning 50 in 2002, he has completed 10 full marathons in eight different states. If the knees hold out, he would like to get the total to at least 10 different states — and maybe Canada.

Position:        

  • Professor of Exegetical Theology

Degrees:        

  • B.A., Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  • S.T.M., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  • Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Richmond, Va.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone:  314-505-7110
Email:  gibbsj@csl.edu

Courses:        

Conference Topics:  

  • Discipleship in Matthew
  • Blessing and Calling: The Sermon on the Mount
  • Jesus and the Reign of God
  • Real Hope: Restoring the Prominence of the Second Coming
  • Themes in Matthew’s Gospel
  • Reading the Gospels as Narratives: Contributions and Limitations Of Narrative Criticism
  • Surprising Stories: Jesus’ Parables of the Reign of God

Workshops:

  • Making Abortion Unthinkable
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