Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rev Dr Yvonne Jones Bibbs...pastor, missionary,preacher, teacher, lecturer, and visionary, a catalyst for change depicts this servant of God

 Dr. Bibbs matriculated at Fayetteville State College for two years and then transferred to Virginia Union University where she completed the Evan Smith Certificate and Advance Certificate Program at the School of Theology. After receiving her call into the Ministry, she attended Richmond Virginia Seminary where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies Degree and a Bachelors of Theology Degree in 1982 and a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1985.   In 1990, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from RVS. In 1993, she earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the International College and Seminary,Plymouth, Florida.  In May 2002, Dr. Bibbs matriculated at the International Theological Center, Atlanta,Georgia and received certification in Church Administration and Management. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Pastoral Leadership Degree from the Virginia University of Lynchburg in May 2003.

Also, in 2003, Dr. Bibbs was selected to participate in the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.  She was blessed to travel to Guyana, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe, preaching and teaching the gospel.  From that experience she is leading her congregation to be active missionaries internationally, nationally, statewide, and locally. She was awarded in March 2006 a diploma from the Baptist Theological University of Zimbabwe, South Africa for her completion of the four year Pastoral Excellence Program (PEP). In 2006, she was appointed to serve on the advisory board for Virginia Union University Office of the Chaplaincy. Also in 2006, Dr. Bibbs was appointed by Governor Kaine to serve on the statewide Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. She is currently a board member of the mayor's Anti-Poverty Commission.

Dr. Bibbs served as a professor at Richmond Virginia Seminary for 18 years. In addition, she is the recipient of many honors including the American Red Cross, Outstanding Woman of the Year in the Field of Religion by the YWCA, 1983, Outstanding Christian Leadership, by the Minister’s Wives, 1984, Commemoration for Black Leadership Award from the Defense Depot of Richmond and Vicinity, 1989. She also served as the first female president of the Baptist Minister Union of Richmond and Vicinity from 1990 to 1994. Because of her leadership, she was the first to serve two terms as president since its origin in 1925. She has also taught for the National Baptist Congress as well as the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. Dr. Bibbs is on the executive board of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. incorporated. And in 2009 she was appointed to the executive board of the Baptist General Convention.

Dr. Bibbs serves as the fifth pastor of the Sixth Baptist Church, organized in 1923.  She was installed on June 3rd, 2001.  Since that time, she has been busy leading the church with several renovation projects including for Phase I:  an elevator, the installation of additional restroom facilities, a courtyard area, fencing for the parking facilities, the purchase of two church vans, remodeling of the church sanctuary and educational building; opening of the “Ministry House” that provide opportunities for community and men’s bible studies and the Rock for teens,  the purchase of a digital piano, and the purchase of a beauty and barber shop. 

Phase II began in 2007.  This phase included renovation of the sanctuary inclusive of the reconstruction of the church pulpit area, the installation of new pews, the construction of an audio visual room with the installation of the equipment necessary to record for television.  Also, included within Phase II was the renovation of the Church’s Lower Worship Center and Banquet Facility, lower restroom facilities and remodeling for a commercial kitchen.  The construction of a room for a food bank was also included in this phase. In 2008, she led the congregation to begin a Bible Academy each Wednesday. There are four adult classes and one for children and youth.

With God as her “Commander In Chief”, she was directed by the Lord to present to the church a FIVEyear theme from 2001-2006: “LORD LIFT US UP WHERE WE BELONG.”  To spiritually grow her congregation, Dr. Bibbs believes in discipleship teaching and preaching and a true commitment to “EVANGELISM.”

 Sixth Baptist enjoys dynamic worship on Sundays.  The congregation is experiencing growth in all areas. Hundreds have accepted Christ and have united with the Sixth Baptist family under her leadership. “THE BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES” television broadcast of the Sixth Baptist Church can be seen every Monday on Fox TV 6:00 A.M.

Two choirs have been organized:  The Fleming Memorial Male Chorus in 2001 and the Yvonne Jones Bibbs Ensemble of Praise for young adults in 2004. The appointment of a youth director, full time church administrator, minister of missions and ministry, young adult director, administrative assistant for music and youth, assistant minister of music, as well as various ministries for children and youth.

Sixth Baptist's new theme for the next five years was introduced on her fifth anniversary May 2006. The theme is:“CAN GOD?, GOD CAN!, I CAN!.” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.

In the year of 2009, she has been stressing the importance of prayer in our personal lives as well as within our church family. On September 11, 2010 at the Prayer Conference taught by Pastor Bibb, the church launched the campaign of Sixth Baptist being a total House of Prayer by organizing five prayer ministries using the scripture, “My house will be called the house prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7.

Dr. Bibbs is married to Mr. Henry Clay Bibbs, II a supportive worker and teacher in the church whose ministry includes outreach and evangelism. They have one son, Jonathan Clay Bibbs a youth leader, director and musician in Sixth Baptist music ministry.