Reverend Tara S. Gibbs is the Minister of Youth & College Ministries at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC and a Christian Education Consultant at Thinking Faith Consultants. Originally from New Bern, NC, she holds an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and graduate degrees from Shaw University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Currently, Rev. Tara is enrolled in the Doctorate of Educational Ministry Degree Program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Since her initial licensure and Baptist ordination, she has preached and taught for the General Baptist State Convention, The American Baptist Women, the United Missionary Baptist Association; and has crafted curriculum for Lott Carey’s Jamaica VBS, and devotionals for multiple churches. Rev. Tara also makes guest appearances on Christian radio shows and podcasts discussing the legacy of MLK, Clergy Women in the Black Church, sexuality & the Black Church, and other topics.
Outside of her professional studies, Rev. Tara enjoys working within the community including volunteering with non-profits such as the YMCA, CMS schools, and Charlotte for Choice, a reproductive justice non-profit. Rev. Tara also spent time serving as senior pastor for two churches in central New Jersey, and studying abroad in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Mexico. She has contributed writings to in the #BlackMillennialWomanism Project, the American Academy of Religion Conferences, and the American Baptist Women’s Ministry Blog. In her free time, you can catch Rev. Tara fishing, cooking, playing video games, and spending time with loved ones.