Our Story

The Gibson family came to Grand Junction in October of 2016 to pastor Life Tabernacle.   

The Gibsons met in 2000, were married in 2004 and were blessed with Jadon Troy Gibson in 2016. Prior to coming to Grand Junction, they were assistant pastors in Longmont, CO at Restoration Tabernacle where they served for 10 years. While in Longmont, they served as youth leaders, worship leaders, and spanish pastors.

If you ask the Gibsons one word to describe their walk with God, it would be 'Faith'. They have climbed some high mountains and crawled through some low valleys. It is their Faith in God that has brought them to where they are today. 

They have a passion for people and love seeing God's Word come alive in each and every person's life. Their ministry comes from real life experiences and watching God do the miraculous time and time again.


Life Tabernacle

Life Tabernacle was founded in October of 1957 by Rev. Wilkerson. Over the next 20 years there were three other pastors that led this congregation. 

In 1978, God called Dennis and Becky West to pastor Life Tabernacle and the rest is history.  There are few times in our lives where we meet people with the ability to impact our lives in such a great way. Pastor and Sister West have been that and more. 

The story begins with Pastor West selling his beloved '69 Dodge Charger to purchase a school bus to be able to pick up kids for Sunday school. You see, all the kids could no longer fit in his car to bring them to church. 

He was a man that loved God's people and taught us the Bible inside and out. Life Tabernacle has been blessed beyond measure for their leadership for over 38 years!

In 1980, they opened a private christian school  (Life Academy) after seeing such a need for christian education in the valley. The school and the church have been like two trees planted together with their branches and roots growing together into one amazing community. Hundreds of students have graduated from Life Academy and continued on into college and the workplace, all the while living the principles taught to them in Life Academy and Life Tabernacle.

Today, it is one of the leading christian schools in the valley and has great potential for our future generations.

In June of 2016, we lost Rev. Dennis West unexpectedly and the church and school faced one of its greatest challenges to this day. Thankfully, the Word, the message, the values, the life lessons, the dramas, and mostly the heart of this great man was infused into the family of Life Tabernacle & Academy giving them strength to carry on the great commission.


In October of 2016, the church elected Rev. Thomas and Meby Gibson as Life's new pastors and a new chapter has begun. From the beginning it has been God's church and it will forever be God's church!