Reverend Tara S. Gibbs is from the city of New Bern, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. Tara was licensed to preach the Gospel at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in 2010 and since then, has preached numerous conferences, women’s days, and recently the 2017 Shaw University Baccalaureate Service. True to her belief in a “thinking faith” she entered seminary at historic Shaw University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity. The following year she completed a Masters in Practical Theology with a concentration in Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. Now, Tara is enrolled at Columbia Theological pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Ministry.
Outside of her studies, Tara has worked with non-profits such as Citizen Schools, Upward Bound, and the YMCA. She has been blessed to study abroad in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Mexico. Tara also spent time serving as a pastor at Woodbridge First Congregational UCC and Lumberton UMC, both in New Jersey. She currently serves as the Minister to Youth & College at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.