Minister and Evangelist Birdie Gibbons was born in Lynchburg, SC, the third of four children to Frank and Marie Edmond. She attended school in Elliott, SC and upon completion of high school, was the recipient of a four-year music scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC. When she arrived in Washington, life took her in a different direction from the study of music. She attended Washington Saturday College (School of Religion) for a year. Later, Sister Birdie attended the University of District of Columbia and received her Nursing Assistant Certification. Nursing is her profession as well as an extension of her ministry as she demonstrates God’s love to others through her anointed spirit of comforting and caring.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:3-6 NKJV)
Evangelist McGrier is a member of First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights in Capitol Heights, MD under the authority of Pastor Harold L. Dugger, Sr. At First Baptist Church, she drives the church van (passenger pick-up for various church services, and food pick-up for the SHARE Program). She rises early in the morning in daily preparation for study, and church-related tasks. She is a member of the Music Ministry, Praise and Worship, regularly attends Sunday School and Bible Study classes and teaches and preaches God’s unadulterated word with a passion! She truly keeps it real and shares her testimony. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:11 NKJV)
She is often clearly heard saying, “I know that’s right!” One of her favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 (NKJV): “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
Sister McGrier lives in Capitol Heights, MD. She is the mother of one daughter, Rochelle, who has given her six beautiful grandchildren: three boys and three girls. Her prayer is that God takes each of them into their destiny with them loving Him all the way.