pastor-GReverend Jerome Gipson, Sr. was born in Norfork Virginia.  He is one of four children reared by his mother and father, Irene and the late Jessie Gipson.  He is married to a native of North Carolina, the former Marsha Andria Mason.  Rev. Gipson graduated from George Washington Senior High School in Alexandria Virginia.  He has earned a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the Andersonville Theological Seminary, Education Degree from Institute of Biblical Studies.

Rev. Gipson became a member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in 1998.  He was called by God to be a preacher and was licensed on February 13, 2005.  On February 12, 2011 he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Mount Calvary under the leadership of Rev. Frank Kelly, Sr. During his tenure as a faithful member of Mount Calvary, he served as a Bass Guitar Player for the Men’s Chorus, Director of the Men’s Fellowship, Director of PACE (pray, available, contact, example) Ministry, Adult Sunday School and Bible Study teacher.  He has a Bible Study Group of faithful men that meet one Saturday per month to discuss the Word of God.

Rev. Gipson became the Pastor-Elect of Rising Zion Baptist Church on June 2 , 2013.  He will be the 12th Pastor in the 100 year history of this church.

Rev. Gipson says, to be the Pastor  of Rising Zion Baptist Church is a heart filled feeling of belonging to a church whereby God Himself has guided his footsteps to this branch of Zion.  There’s work to be done in “Building God’s Kingdom”, but with prayer and faith all things are possible.  Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  We will stand on the Word of God as we grow together in doing God‘s work.