Eric Gibbs

First Pima Baptist Church/Cockleburr Ethne Church, Arizona
Lead Church Planter
Sacaton Arizona
First Pima Baptist Church/Cockleburr Ethne Church
March 27

About My Family

Brittany and I married shortly after we graduated high school. We both had a passion for missions, but we weren't sure where God was calling us to serve until I went on a missions trip during Bible college. I spent nine days serving on the Tohono O'odham Nation, and during that time God made it very clear to me that He was calling my family and me to serve among Native American communities.

My family and I sold our home in Kentucky and moved to Arizona to live on the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). We work in several districts on the GRIC and in many different villages on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Our passion is to build relationships and share Christ with those who have never heard the gospel. God has also given us a passion for adoption and foster care, which has grown our family tremendously over the years.

About My Church Plant

I am currently the pastor of First Pima Baptist Church. First Pima is the oldest Native Southern Baptist church in the state of Ariz. Our church has seen God do amazing things over the past several years. First Pima has worked alongside my wife and me to plant a new church in the village of Cockleburr on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Until about six years ago, Cockleburr was an unreached village with zero believers. However, God has done a mighty work in Cockleburr. I have been blessed to baptize 28 people from the village! It is awesome to see those believers reaching their families and friends for Christ. We also have Bible studies and ministry events in various villages on the Tohono O'odham Nation. We have been privileged to see 10 people come to the know the Lord in recent months.

NAMB Church Planting

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Pray for receptive hearts among the people on the Gila River Indian Community and Tohono O'odham Nation. Pray that God would open the door to plant churches in the dozens of villages that are without a consistent presence of the gospel. Pray for churches and individuals to partner with us and to give of their time and talents.


Commit to long-term missions support with us. Partner with us by bringing a missions team to help us in various ministry projects in the future. Pray for our family, our two churches and for the two reservations to whom we minister.
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