About Nibs - In his own words
I am a retired Presbyterian minister, and my central focus is on seeking justice and equity, especially in the areas of white supremacy and sexism. I grew up in captivity to these and other powers, and I am seeking to find ways to help all of us to acknowledge our captivity and to begin to seek liberation from it. White supremacy, slavery and racism are not unfortunate blots on our national character. They are rather fundamental to our national character, and we are all called to acknowledge this and to deeply resist them.
Gibson (“Nibs”) Stroupe, who grew up in the Mississippi River Delta town of Helena, Arkansas, is a white son of the segregated South, nurtured in its twin traditions of anti-black white racism and Christian faith. But through the courageous witness and challenge of many people, especially of Black Americans engaged in the Civil Rights movement, he experienced conversion to a new theological vision and a lifelong ministry of gospel proclamation and anti-racist struggle. He is currently a monthly columnist for Hospitality magazine and writes a weekly blog. To access his blogs, called Nibs' Notes, click:
Nibs, who retired from the active ministry in January 2017, served as senior pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia, for 34 years. Oakhurst is nationally known for its multi-racial and multi-cultural ministry.
His spouse, the Rev. Caroline Leach, was the co-pastor of the church for almost three decades. She retired in 2012. Nibs and Caroline have two adult children, David and Susan, and two grandchildren.
In retirement, Nibs has written two books. One is a collection of sermons, Deeper Waters: Sermons for a New Vision, published in 2017. The other is Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time, co-written with Dr. Catherine Meeks and published in 2019.
Nibs and Caroline at Oakhurst
When Nibs and Caroline Leach began their ministry at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA, the church had only about 40 worshipers for Sunday services, but the membership gradually increased to 350, one of the most diverse congregations anywhere.
On September 8, 2018, Nibs and Caroline received the Church Women United Atlanta Human Rights Award at the CWU luncheon meeting. They are shown with Tryphenia Speed, the coordinator of the luncheon.
Nibs as Author
Nibs has written or co-authored six books, one of which is no longer in print. His latest book, co-authored with Dr. Catherine Meeks and entitled Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time, was released in mid-September 2019.
For more information about the contents of Passionate for Justice, click on Ida B. Wells Book (2019) on the menu bar.
For information about Nibs earlier books, including Deeper Waters, Sermons for a New Vision, published in 2017, click on Nibs' Earlier Books on the menu bar.