Gibson, Robert

Gibson, Robert a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, was born at Ballymena, Ireland, October 1, 1793. His parents nmigerated to the United States in 1797, and his father, the Reverend Williams Gibson, settled as pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church at Ryegate, Vermont. He received his theological training at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and was licensed to preach in 1818. On September 6, 1819, he was ordained and installed as pastor of the church at Beamer Dane, where he labored with great success for twelve years. In 1831 he became pastor of the Second Reformed Presbyterian church in the city of New York, as of occupied that position till his death. In this new and extensive field he labored with great diligence, and his influence grew rapidly. He bore a prominent part in the controversy which resulted in the disruption of the Church in 1833, and published three pamphlets vindicating the course of the Synod. In 1836 he showed symptoms of declining health. All efforts to arrest his disease were unavailing, and he died in the midst of his people, December 22, 1837. We have from him only the three pamphlets above mentioned. — Sprague, Annals (Ref. Presb.), 9:71.

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