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Alfred Perks Gibbs

Born: 22nd October 1890
Died: 9th September 1967


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Alfred P. Gibbs was born in Birmingham, England in 1890 and was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was led to a saving knowledge of Christ by his twin brother, Edwin. During World War I, Gibbs served as military chaplain, preaching to soldiers in training camps. In 1919 he set off for Moody Bible School in Chicago, Illinois. There he soon became involved in an assembly operated Rescue Mission. Gibbs worked alongside Harold Harper, T.B. Gilbert, James G. Humphrey, and other men destined to become well known in assembly circles of ministry. Gibbs became close friends with George Landis, who at that time pastored a small denominational church.

Alfred P. Gibbs never married. Like J. N. Darby, he lived out of a suit-case. Most of his writings were devoted to teaching young believers. He served part time for many years with, the then Emmaus Bible School. In1931 he published a songbook with music and words of his own composition. He also contributed several hymns to “Choice Hymns Of The Faith”, and “Hymns of Worship and Remembrance.” One of his most memorable hymns was “A Thousand Thousand Thanksgivings”, and also “Sweet Is The Story.”

Although an earnest preacher of the gospel, he was best known for his work with children. Gibbs was called home to glory through an automobile accident in 1967. Following the accident, an entire issue of Letters Of Interest was devoted to him. Reminiscences of him were written by several well known brethren including his brother Edwin, Bill McCartney, Elliot Van Ryn, T.B. Gilbert, Lester Wilson, William MacDonald, and Lloyd Walterick. A.P. Gibbs will be remembered as a great preacher of the gospel, and a loving friend to all children he met in his entire lifetime.

Arthur said ...
Thank you for these articles you have added. I found your website whilst searching for "CHM" - you may find the below of interest i found a few years back.

i also have in my library "Hymns: Their Use and Abuse" if you need for adding to your db. i would need to know how to scan it tho.
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 : 20:54
Tom said ...
Thanks Arthur .. maybe would easiest to scan that by taking pictures with your mobile .. if you then send them to me I can clean it up and make it into a nice PDF.
Monday, Nov 16, 2020 : 17:37
Austen Gibbs said ...
Good day,

Thank you for this article - I am a grandson of Alfred Perks twin brother Edwin Sturge Gibbs.
Edwin Sturge Gibbs served the Lord in Izingolweni in South Africa and my father Donald Austin Gibbs was his youngest son, was born in Chicago whilst they were on furlough.

Grandpa Gibbs - always spoke fondly of his brother Alfred Perks.

Richest blessings,
Austen Edwin Gibbs
South Africa
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021 : 20:05
Rozalvo Souza Silva Filho said ...
Dear brother
I'm Brazilian and I serve the Lord like I do and my house.
Visiting this beautiful site, I come through this email to request the possibility of sending me sheet music by the remarkable composer A. P. Gibbs.
Unfortunately, The cyber Hymnal, as well as, are not available so I could download the songs in question.
Gibbs' songs are beautiful. I'm waiting.
Rozalvo Souza Silva Filho
Friday, Jul 14, 2023 : 02:28
Kathy Barclay said ...
Hello and thank you for posting this site in
Honor of AP Gibbs.
My mother Joan Allcroft Matlack came to know the
Lord as a young girl, while Mr Gibbs was teaching
At Kennilworth Bible Chapel in the late 1930’s.
My Gibbs also spoke regularly at our Assembly in
Trenton NJ (Woodside Gospel Chapel).
Mom spoke of Mr Gibbs with great affection whenever his name was mentioned, and she told everyone she knew of Gods love and Jesus’ invitation to save us from a life of sin. Thank you for bringing back some happy memories of a wonderful man of God,
Kathy Barclay
Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 : 10:45

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