By Baptist Concept team
ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBM) – Gibbie McMillan, who served at the forefront of Louisiana Baptists’ disaster relief responses and men’s ministries for 15 many years, died Tuesday, Aug. 17. He was 68.
McMillan, who retired April 30 as a strategist in these two spots with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, was remembered by these closest to him as a warrior in the religion who experienced a enthusiasm to see other folks occur to Christ and grow further in their spiritual walks.
In a joint assertion on McMillan’s Fb web site, his spouse, Katera, and two children, Rachel and Rebekah, expressed appreciation for the prayers and support they experienced acquired throughout McMillan’s prolonged hospitalization with COVID-19:
“To God be the glory! On August 17, 2021, at 1:49 p.m. Gibbie McMillan went to be with the Lord! We do not grieve without the need of hope figuring out that simply because of his salvation by means of Jesus Christ he will expend eternity in heaven.
“Many of you have been so devoted to pray for healing and comfort. We so recognize people prayers and know they have been answered! The Lord observed in shape in His fantastic will to recover Gibbie in Heaven rather than right here on earth.”
Louisiana Baptist Govt Director Steve Horn echoed the imagined.
“Our hearts are broken at the passing of our brother in Christ, Gibbie McMillan,” Horn instructed the Baptist Information. “We were talking in the business office this morning of how Gibbie never ever ‘got over’ staying saved. He rejoiced everyday in his salvation the way all of us must. We mourn his passing, we are heartbroken for his spouse, Katera, and his other household associates, but rejoice that God saved Gibbie and that he now spends all of eternity worshipping at the ft of Jesus.
Louisiana Baptist missions and ministries staff director John Hebert explained McMillan had a pastor’s heart who cared about other individuals, in particular those people in a catastrophe.
“He was not just a co-employee, but he was a genuine friend to me and to all of the missions staff personnel,” Hebert stated. “Gibbie beloved the Lord Jesus and had a incredible testimony of what the Lord did in His everyday living. He loved to see folks have that very same encounter. I’m not only heading to miss him as a co-employee and a pal but as a fellow servant in the Gospel.”
Stan Statham, who changed McMillan as Louisiana Baptist men’s ministry and catastrophe relief strategist, May perhaps 1, explained McMillan was a mentor who helped prepare him for assuming these roles.
“Gibbie cared considerably for individuals who have been suffering,” Statham said. “One of his presents was mentoring younger DR volunteers and seeing them increase. I would not be where I am right now devoid of Gibbie. He invested in me for quite a few a long time and not just in DR perform. He beloved the Lord, loved the Church and loved to see men and women served. He actually touched countless numbers of people, together with a ton of DR individuals.”
Superior AND Faithful SERVANT
A indigenous of Kentwood, McMillan grew to become a Christian when he was 20 a long time aged and, soon afterward felt a get in touch with to ministry. He pastored churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the course of the subsequent 28 years, and he also served for a few several years as a prison chaplain with the Louisiana Section of Corrections.
Prior to signing up for the Louisiana Baptist missions and ministry team, McMillan served with the Southern Baptists of Texas Conference in minister-church relations and led that state convention’s hurricane recovery ministry to church buildings and pastors after Hurricane Rita devastated parts of southeast Texas in 2005.
Whilst in Louisiana, McMillan coordinated 48 responses in the condition in the course of his 15-12 months tenure with Louisiana Baptists. Those responses integrated twin flooding disasters in 2016 that remaining north Louisiana less than additional than 3 feet of rain (March) and 31 inches of rain over a two-day interval in south Louisiana (August) Hurricanes Delta, Laura and Zeta (2020) and several tornadoes in the course of the several years.
Outside the state, McMillan was concerned with several catastrophe restoration initiatives, this sort of as rebuilding St. Matthews Baptist Church in the Bahamas that was flattened by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
McMillan, in 2018, reorganized LBDR into seven zones to make it possible for for a much more arranged catastrophe response.
McMillan also supervised the state’s Royal Ambassadors system, a Southern Baptist mission education and learning firm for boys in grades 1-6. In the 12 months prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana Baptists fashioned 21 new RA chapters, positioning it amongst the swiftest developing state RA programs in the SBC.
Most just lately, McMillan was pastor of Taylor Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood.
Spouse and children and mates will keep in mind McMillan’s Kingdom influence with a services Saturday, Aug. 21, midday at New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood. Visitation is scheduled at the church from 9 a.m. to noon, and all in attendance are requested to wear a mask.
In lieu of bouquets, McMillan’s relatives has asked for donations be sent to the Louisiana Baptist Disaster Reduction by clicking below.