Pastor Gary Gibbs spent his childhood in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, before moving to Louisiana when he was eight years old. His desire is to see the body of Christ grow, see people giving their lives to Jesus, and advance the mission of our church. Before joining our Conference team, Gibbs served as the Chesapeake Conference Ministries Development director, responsible for evangelism, church growth and church revitalization. He was previously the vice president for the Hope Channel. Ordained in 1989, Gibbs has pastored in both Alabama and Mississippi. Gibbs was an integral part of the Amazing Facts ministry, including founding the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is the author of several books, including The New Winsome Witnessing and Prophecies of Hope Bible study guides. He has served as a pastor, evangelist and church growth consultant. Gibbs and his wife, Sherilyn, have two daughters, Carissa and Christina.
Pastor Shawn Shives has faithfully served the church for more than twenty-eight years, beginning while he was a captain in the United States Marine Corp. His ministry began in 1999 when he accepted a call to pastor in western Pennsylvania and later in Harrisburg. Shives pastored in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference before returning to Pennsylvania to serve as the Assistant to the President and pastor the Hampden Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church, Temple, Pa. He transitioned to Executive Secretary in 2022.
He and his wife, Nephlen, have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Two of their sons graduated from Blue Mountain Academy, Hamburg, Pa.
A graduate of Southern Adventist University, Kevin Costello joins us from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists (SSD) where he served as the Associate Executive Secretary and Human Resource Director, as well as the coordinator for both full time missionaries and volunteers. As Adventist Volunteer Services Director, he coordinated and ministered to more than 70 young missionaries each year, in addition to the 120 full-time missionaries serving throughout the 14 countries of the Division. Prior to serving in SSD, Kevin was the Vice President of Finance for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. With over thirty-five years of denominational experience, he has also served as a conference treasurer for the Oklahoma and Texico Conferences as well as the Guam-Micronesia Mission.
Kevin and his wife, Teresa, a communication and project consultant, have lived in the Philippines for the past fourteen years. They have been married for thirty-four years and have a daughter who will be graduating from college this year.