Interview with Greg Gilbert, Part 1

November 23, 2009

1) Where do you pastor?

I am assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  Mark Dever is my senior pastor, and it’s been wonderful to work with him and the other guys here at CHBC.  When I was here in 2000-2002, I never imagined that the Lord would give me another opportunity to spend time living and working my brothers and sisters here in DC.  But I am deeply grateful that he did!

2) How did you come to Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home by wonderful Christian parents.  We attended church faithfully, and the gospel was made clear to me over and over again as a child.  I was converted and baptized at the age of 9, during a week-long revival meeting at my church.  I remember listening intently to the sermon (though I don’t remember now what was said!), and I remember being convinced that I was a sinner deserving of God’s punishment, that Jesus had been punished for me, and that I could be blessed instead of punished if I trusted in him. It was a simple understanding of the gospel, but it was a real one.

3) Describe your call to ministry.

Never once as a teenager did I ever feel God calling me to the ministry.  I went to college determined to go to law school and start a degree in politics, but between my freshman and sophomore years at college I attended a week-long camp as a counselor to a group of high school freshmen.  That was an atomic week in my life, one in which God flipped some switches in my heart that had never been flipped before—concern for someone’s spiritual well-being, a pastoral love for others that I’d never felt before.  It really was overwhelming, and over the next year I wrestled hard with that.  By the end of my sophomore year, though, I knew that God had called me to the ministry, and I was ready to follow Him in that call.

4) Tell us about your family.

I am married to Moriah, the woman who is truly the love of my life, and we have three children.  They are Justin (6 years old) and Jack (3 years old), and Juliet (born in Jan. 2010).  My boys are 100% boy, and their days are filled with tractors and swords and balls and bats and super-hero capes and light-sabers.  God has blessed me beyond belief!

5) What are some of your favorite activities with your family or personal hobbies?

I enjoy all kinds of sports (you don’t have to be good at them to enjoy them!), reading, snow skiing, water skiing, running, playing Wii with my 6-year-old, hiking with the family, double- or triple-dates with friends, a movie and take-out Thai with Moriah.  Those are a few.