Eric & Brittany Gibbs
Eric and Brittany began Live Love Ministries in 2010 after answering God’s call to serve the Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O’Odham Nation in Southern Arizona. They were commissioned by the North American Mission Board as Church Planters and Ministry Coordinators. From the beginning their heart has been to reach Native people with the gospel and equip those that they reach to become missionaries to their own communities and beyond.
Eric and Brittany came to Arizona with two children, but God has faithfully grown and continues to grow their family through adoption, foster care, and community involvement. Eric graduated from Mid-Continent University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Leadership and Development and from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Missiology. He is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry from Gateway Seminary. Brittany’s passion for serving others lead her to complete her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Arizona State University.
Through partnerships with local churches, the addition of missionaries, and the growth of Cockleburr Ethne' Church, God has allowed Live Love Ministries to see numerous people come to faith in Christ and begin serving in ministry. God continues to expand the reach of Live Love Ministries beyond the borders of the reservation to the ends of the earth with partnerships in DR Congo, Malawi, & Cambodia.
Julia's first trip to Arizona to serve with Live Love Ministries was in the summer of 2014. As she continued to come back and serve she realized that God was calling her to go into full time ministry serving the Native communities. Julia graduated from Murray State University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and moved to Arizona in the fall of 2017. She is currently working on getting her Master of Divinity from Gateway Seminary. Julia's main responsibilities with Live Love Ministries are to teach the children's classes and disciple youth girls.
Jessie is originally from St. Louis, but has spent the last 5 years in Murray, KY. She graduated from Murray State University in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She currently lives in Murray and works full-time. Jessie first came to Arizona to serve alongside Live Love Ministries in March 2017. While she physically left Arizona to go back to Kentucky, a piece of her heart was left behind. Since then, she has continually made trips to help serve with Live Love Ministries — from helping with Youth Camp and Christmas in the Villages, to being our summer intern in 2018. Jessie’s primary responsibility with Live Love Ministries is centered around helping to prepare mission teams for their trip(s) to AZ. She is serving as a physically present representative of Live Love Ministries as mission teams meet to plan their trip. She assists with communication, training, planning, cultural awareness, and many other aspects of the preparation process. Having been first exposed to the mission field through participation with a mission team, Jessie understands the crucial role that teams play and the importance of being as prepared as possible before arriving on the field. Her heart is that the teams she helps would not only have a successful trip, but that God would use their time in AZ as a launching pad for a life of missions involvement.