Ted Gibson (1915 – 1991) Baptist pastor and theological educator
Ted Gibson was the president of the Baptist Union of Queensland, president-general of the Baptist Union of Australia. He was also the first dean of the Brisbane College of Theology.
Edward Gordon (Ted) Gibson was born on 27 June 1915 at Ashfield, Sydney.
Ted was educated at Fort Street Boys’ High School but, failing to matriculate, took up accountancy.
He regularly attended Sunday school and Christian Endeavour at Haberfield Baptist Church and, following his conversion at age sixteen, became a lay preacher.
Applying to the Baptist Union of New South Wales to become a home missionary, in 1939 he was appointed to the Cessnock Baptist Church for one year.
In 1940 he began his formal training at the `Baptist Theological College of New South Wales` (now `Morling Theological College`), where he was a prize-winning student for each year of the four-year course and gained the LTh diploma (Melbourne College of Divinity) in 1942.
After graduation he studied further, lectured part time at the college, and served on denominational committees.
On 16 December 1943, at North Croydon Baptist Church, he married a manageress, Winifred Mona (‘Lass’) Colechin.
Ted Gibson was ordained in 1944, but resigned from his church in 1945 on medical advice. Appointed pastor of Waverley Church in 1946, he studied through the University of London (BA, 1947).
In 1949 he became principal of Perth Bible Institute (Perth Bible College) and there continued his studies at the Melbourne College of Divinity (BD, 1951), University of Sydney (MA, 1951), University of London (BSc (Econ), 1952), Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, United States of America (ThD, 1954), and University of Western Australia (BEd, 1957).
In 1959 Gibson was appointed superintendent of the Sydney Bible Training Institute. Two years later, failing to become principal of the Baptist Theological College of New South Wales, he moved to South Australia as principal of the Adelaide Bible Institute (Bible College of South Australia).
He was appointed vice-principal of the Baptist College of South Australia in 1964. Unsuccessful in being appointed principal of this college, he applied for a similar position at the `Baptist Theological College of Queensland` (now `Malyon College`), Brisbane.
Conservative forces there welcomed his application in preference to others, seeing him as one who could realign the theological direction of the college; he was appointed to the position in September 1967.
The first Australian-trained principal, he immediately stamped his imprint on the college, adding a Bible college section, enlarging the faculty, and effecting a relocation to a new campus.
His devotional approach made him a popular convention speaker and preacher. Many of his addresses were tape recorded and reported, but he did not publish any academic works. Strong advocacy of his particular theological views, including scriptural inerrancy, pre-millennial eschatology, and an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, attracted loyal students from long distances and swelled enrolments dramatically.
Dr Gibson retired in 1982 and was appointed principal-emeritus.
President of the Baptist Union of Queensland (1979-80) and president-general of the Baptist Union of Australia (Australian Baptist Ministries) (1984-88), he was also the first dean of the Brisbane College of Theology (1983-86).
Dr Ted Gibson died on 17 August 1991 at Brookfield in Brisbane.