Dr. Tom Gibbs became the sixth President of Covenant Seminary in July 2021. Dr. Gibbs brings a great love for the Bible and pastoral ministry, having served as a pastor for 24 years. After graduating from Auburn University, Tom confirmed the Lord’s call upon his life by serving as a youth director at Faith Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He followed his call to ministry by pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Seminary, graduating in 1997. He them started a new Reformed University Fellowship chapter at Baylor University, which continues to this day, and in 2002 planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, Texas, serving as its senior pastor for 19 years until taking the reins at Covenant.
Dr. Gibbs also brings a commitment to organizational leadership and church planting to his experience in ministry. In addition to planting Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Baylor RUF, he oversaw numerous church plants through his role as the chairman of the Southwest Church Planting Network, a network encompassing more than 60 churches across four states. He also founded and led Reach South Texas—an organization focused on strategic church planting in South Texas to reach a rising generation amidst the nation’s changing demographics. Dr. Gibbs also currently serves at the denominational level as church planting assessment director with Mission to North America (MNA). His work of mentoring church planters and ministry leaders will see further fruition as president of Covenant Seminary.
In his free time, Dr. Gibbs enjoys reading, fly-fishing, hiking, running, watching (and talking) Auburn football, Spurs basketball, Cardinals baseball, and practicing the culinary craft of Texas barbecue. Tom and his wife, Tara, have been married for 26 years and have four children: Anna Catherine, Thomas, Lucy and Caroline.