As our Pastor often says: “Lean in” – Yes, “lean-in” and read about one of Fellowship’s dedicated “Seasoned Saints”
– Brother Robert Gilbert.
Brother Gilbert: When and where were you born?
I was born in McRae, Telfair County Georgia on August 18, 1947 to Mr. and Mrs. John C and Bertha M Gilbert. I have 8 brothers and sisters.
Tell your church family about your immediate family:
My wife, as you all know, is the Lovely and outspoken Mrs. Shirley Gilbert. We have been married for 25 years. We have 4 children all girls. My daughter Tifini King from a previous marriage. Shirley has three girls: Latrella Mahammond, Lavella Head, and Latonya Arnold.
What are your hobbies?
My best answer is I love fishing and hunting.
Please share some highlights about your career.
My career started a while before I joined the U.S. Air Force. I retired after 26 years of US Air Force Military Service and I also retired from Civil service but the most rewarding is serving the people of God. I have served at FBBC Since I joined in September 1993. I started with the Mercy Showing Ministry, the Ushers Ministry and the Men over 60 team, the Men’s Ministry, and the Mentoring Program at Fort Valley Middle School.
What important lessons have you learned from your careers?
My career and life showed me that I am in control of nothing, God is in control of everything. Listen to the people in authority and do the right thing. Lessons learned; “I am not always right. Obey the word of God. Search for the truth.”
How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered for being a caring and loving person.
What are your words of wisdom to the future generations?
My words of wisdom for generation X, Y and Z and future generations is that the world doesn’t owe you anything. You must work for what you want, and you get what you work for. No free rides.
What is your favorite Scripture?
My favorite scripture is one my wife and I use in our business and believe in: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Written by Elder Isaiah Whittaker, Sr.